This plan of Fort Pitt was taken from a dis-bound copy of Vol. XII, Penn. Archives, 1856.
This plan of the First Fort Pitt, 1758, was reproduced by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1856. Many of the documents and plates were from the 18th originals, this being one found in, “PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES. Selected And Arranged From Original Documents In The Office Of The SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH, Conformably To Acts Of The GENERAL ASSEMBLY, February 15, 1851, & March 1, 1852. By SAMUEL HAZARD, Volume XII., PHILADELPHIA: Printed By Joseph Severns & Co. 1856.”
This is the first of several plans that I removed and had professionally hand colored. Originals of these fort plans would have far greater value in first state. Properly framed in original or period style framing will make for a most decorative presentation in collection or elsewhere in the period home.
This plan was made from the original by D. Chillas, Litho.,50 S. 3rd St., Phila.
Taken from the text in the 1856 work, in a letter from Colonel Mercer dated Jan. 8, 1759, to Governor Denny, from Pittsburg, ” This garrison consists of 280 men. The works are now capable of some defense, though huddled up in a very hasty manner, the weather being extremely severe.” From text, “This was probably the commencement of the first Fort Pitt, or rather only repairs and additions made to the fort as left by the French.”
Pages 431 – 437, the brief history that accompanied this illustration will be included with this plan (the original pages from the 1856 work.)
Great color and condition. The folds have been ironed out and what little discoloration only adds to the look of a much older plan of Fort Pitt.
Size: 12 x 13 inches overall approximately.