As I watched the sun rise from the top of Tuscarora Mountain looking down over the sleepy village of Ft. Loudon nestled in the shadows of both the Kittatinny and Broad Mountain in the distance, I could not help but think back to how this must have appeared at an earlier time.
The village, Fort Loudon, takes it name from an English fort constructed during the French & Indian war era. It has the distinction of being the first English fort in the New World to be attacked by colonist. Over ten years preceding the revolution James Smith and his Black Boys laid siege to the fort demanding the release of settlers imprisoned there.
For you history buffs out there a Google search will reveal a great deal of information regarding Smith and his daring forays. Although Smith was an important activist during this period, history overlooks his exploits. Smith, a very vocal detractor of General George Washington, may well have brought this oversight upon himself.
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