|From the BPC Historical Collection
4th Earl of Dunmore
GOVERNOR of the Colony
Hero or Villain?
|The monument at
Point Pleasant WV
Erected by Congress
a Battle of the Revolution
|The Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774
Was the “Shot heard round the World” at Lexington actually an echo from the
gently rolling hills surrounding the confluence of the Great Kanawha and Ohio
Was the Battle of Point Pleasant actually the first battle of the American
Revolution? At the beginning of the 20th century, through the tireless efforts of
Mrs. Livia Nye Simpson Poffenbarger, the battle site, the monument and the
recognition of congress that this was a "battle of the Revolution” were secured.
If it was indeed a battle of the Revolution, then it was the first as it occurred six
months before the fight at Lexington.
Her adversary on the theory of it being a battle of the Revolution was Virgil Anson
Lewis, noted Historian and Archivist for the State of West Virginia. Both
Poffenbarger and Lewis wrote books on this controversial subject and these
books are both presented complete in this volume.
The author has also provided some very interesting, thought provoking facts and
speculations for you to consider as you ponder the works of these two
adversaries and form your own opinion as to whether this battle was the first of
the American Revolution.
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