2013 marks both the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg during the nation’s Civil War and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Both are being commemorated by numerous events in Pennsylvania.
But, 2013 also marks the 250th anniversary of a series of events known collectively as Pontiac’s War. During the uprising, fatal attacks were launched from Michigan through Ohio and into Pennsylvania by an Ottawa chief named Pontiac. In this part of the Oil Region, those attacks led to the deaths of fourteen colonial troops and a British Lieutenant Colonel stationed at Fort Venango, located near the juncture of French Creek and the Allegheny River along what is now Elk Street in Franklin.
Those men, who died in June, 1763, are now remembered through a new Pennsylvania historical marker, unveiled last week on the 800-block of Elk Street, near where the troops, members of a Royal Americans battalion, are believed to be buried. The Venango Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are credited with spearheading the effort to obtain and display the marker.