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Flour Sack Battle Trail

On August 5, 1763 British Colonel Henry Bouquet and his troops were attacked 25 miles east of Fort Pitt near Edge Hill. In what became known as the Battle of Bushy Run, the troops sustained heavy casualties. Bouquet was able to build a temporary fortification out of the flour sacks carried by his packhorses, and his leadership kept his troops from abandoning the field. A single slice of Ligonier “Blue Rock” stands as a marker on the spot where Col. Bouquet’s force of 450 men retreated. A monument and a flagpole were erected at the site of the flour bag entrenchment on Edge Hill.

photo: Battle of Bushy Run Monument. Photo by By Kevin Myers at en.wikipedia.

Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: NW of Greensburg and Jeannette, access PA Turnpike exit 6.
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Westmoreland County
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Driving Directions

From PA Turnpike (either West or East):
Exit at Monroeville/Pittsburgh. Follow US Route 22 East to Delmont. Exit to Route 66 South (toll road). Follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield. Exit on Route 66 North business to the right. Turn left on Route 993 West. Bushy Run Battlefield 3 miles on right.

From US Route 30 (either West or East):
Follow US Route 30 to North Greengate Road (in between Gabriel Brothers plaza and Wal-Mart plaza). Follow North Greengate Road to stop light at Route 130. Make left turn onto Route 130. Follow Route 130 through Jeannette and into Harrison City. Make right onto Route 993 (follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield). Bushy Run Battlefield 2 miles on left.

Directions from East:
Follow US Route 22 West to Delmont. Exit to Route 66 South (toll road). Follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield. Exit on Route 66 North business to the right. Turn left on Route 993 West. Bushy Run Battlefield 3 miles on right.

Directions from West:
Follow US Route 22 East to Delmont. Exit to Route 66 South (toll road). Follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield. Exit on Route 66 North business to the right. Turn left on Route 993 West. Bushy Run Battlefield 3 miles on right.

Directions from North:
Follow US Route 66 South. Continue on Route 66 South (toll road). Follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield. Exit on Route 66 North business to the right. Turn left on Route 993 West. Bushy Run Battlefield 3 miles on right.

Directions from South:
Follow US Route 119 North. Continue onto US Route 66 North (toll road). Follow signs for Bushy Run Battlefield. Exit on Route 66 North business to the left. Turn left on Route 993 West. Bushy Run Battlefield 3 miles on right.

Description

On August 5, 1763 British Colonel Henry Bouquet and his troops were attacked 25 miles east of Fort Pitt near Edge Hill. In what became known as the Battle of Bushy Run, the troops sustained heavy casualties. Bouquet was able to build a temporary fortification out of the flour sacks carried by his packhorses, and his leadership kept his troops from abandoning the field.

A single slice of Ligonier “Blue Rock” stands as a marker on the spot where Col. Bouquet’s force of 450 men retreated. A monument and a flagpole were erected at the site of the flour bag entrenchment on Edge Hill.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1975

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Penna. History and Mus. Comm.
P.O. Box 1026
Harrisburg , PA 17108

 

Photos

Battle of Bushy Run Monument. Photo by By Kevin Myers at en.wikipedia.

Battle of Bushy Run Monument. Photo by By Kevin Myers at en.wikipedia.

Flour Sack Trail sign.

Flour Sack Trail sign.

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