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Pontiac's Rebellion, Part 2

Pontiac's Rebellion, Part 2
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     challenging words:    backlash, biological, inability, intolerant, troubles-Pontiac, warfare, affecting, policies, recruit, slaughter, successful, warrior, treaty, assault, reintroduced, personally
     content words:    Henry Bouquet, Indian Wars, On August, Bushy Run, Fort Pitt, Native Americans, Then Bouquet, Bloody Run, Fort Detroit, Fort Niagara

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Pontiac's Rebellion, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     While some might have called Bouquet's men "experienced" soldiers, many were veterans who had seen better days. Col. Henry Bouquet himself was experienced in the art of "Indian Wars." He and his men left Carlisle in June and cautiously worked their way across the country. On August 5, they were at a stream called Bushy Run about 25 miles south of Fort Pitt.
2     While they were at the stream, a large number of Native Americans suddenly attacked. Fighting stopped when it got dark but resumed the next day. The soldiers were vastly outnumbered, but they kept fighting. Then Bouquet and his men pretended to retreat, and the natives chased them. The soldiers ambushed their enemies, and the natives retreated in confusion. In total, Bouquet lost one third of his men, but the survivors pushed on toward Fort Pitt.
3     In the meantime, the British had identified the root cause of their sudden troubles—Pontiac. They attempted to make a surprise attack on him on July 31, 1763, but ended up the loser in the Battle of Bloody Run.

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