Often referred to as the first battle of the Revolutionary War in America, the Battle of Point Pleasant, or the Battle of the Kanawha, was fought on the banks of the Ohio River on Oct. 10, 1774. Many who battled there were afterward sent north ot fight at Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts. More than 1,000 members of the Virginia militia defeated Mingo and Shawnee warriors led by Cornstalk at Point Pleasant. The battle helped open the frontier westward into Kentucky and disrupted the fledgling alliance between the British and American tribes. The site, now Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, is commemorated with an 84 foot obelisk monument to the militiamen who died in the battle. A log cabin built in 1796 by Walter Newman as a tavern serves as a museum at the park.
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