Fort Pitt

1765 - Fort Pitt

The American colonists would have considered Ft. Pitt the edge of the world in 1765. You can imagine the soldiers pleading with their officers, “If you are going to keep us in this Godforsaken place, you at least have to provide us with beer.” The Army obliged, making Ft. Pitt the first brewery west of the Alleghenies.

The image above depicts the planning of an attack on Fort Pitt as part of  Pontiac’s War, an unsuccessful effort by Native Americans to remove the British “Fort Pitt Under Siege” by Robert Griffing. Original is in Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, PA.