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Dunmore's War

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Dunmore's War (or Lord Dunmore's War)

On June 9, 1774, Lord Dunmore announced that the Shawnee had declared war against the western frontier.

July 24, 1774 -- Lord Dunmore informed Colonel Andrew Lewis that they would personally lead separate forces to diverge upon the Shawnee. The original plan was that the two armies would march to the Ohio valley, with Lord Dunmore in charge of the Northern arm, and Lewis leading the Southern regiment. Dunmore would move down from the North, while Lewis and his troops would traverse the Alleghenies, meeting with Dunmore at either Wheeling or the mouth of the Great Kanawha. Together, the armies would then cross the Ohio river, attacking Indian towns along the Scioto.


July 26, 1774 -- Milita led by Colonel Angus McDonald left Fort Fincastle (later re-named Fort Henry) near present-day Wheeling, Ohio County, to attack Shawnee villages. However, all the villages they encountered had been deserted.

September 12, 1774 -- Five hundred troops underr Colonel Andrew Lewis and Colonel William Fleming left Camp Union at present-day Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, to attack the Shawnee.

September 25, 1774 -- Two hundred troops under Colonel William Christian left Camp Union at present-day Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, to meet with forces under Colonel Andrew Lewis.

September 30, 1774 -- Lewis' combined forces, then consisting of about 1200 to 1500 in number, broke campe from a point at the junction of the Elk and Kanawha rivers.