Annual reenactment of Battle of Bushy Run underway in Penn Township
The Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society on Saturday hosted the first of two days commemorating the 256th anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run.
The battle between the British and the confederation of Native Americans on the Penn Township battlefield took place Aug. 5 to 6, 1763.
Activities continue Sunday with a public church service, musical performance and fashion show. Guests can view military camps, a Native American village, refugee camp and sutler trade area. A children’s area and concession stand will be available.
The second-day battle reenactment begins at 2 p.m.
The annual event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10, or $5 for children. Admission is free for children younger than 3.
The British victory by Col. Henry Bouquet was the critical turning point in Pontiac’s War, which was a series of Native American attacks on British outposts coordinated by the Ottawa chief Pontiac. It prevented the capture of Fort Pitt and restored lines of communication between the frontier and eastern settlements.
The battlefield is located at 1253 Bushy Run Road (Route 993), Penn Township.