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From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.

-- Thomas Jefferson

Battle of Jumonville Glen (May 28, 1754)

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The Battle of Jumonville Glen was a battle of the French and Indian War fought on May 28, 1754 near what is present-day Uniontown in Western Pennsylvania. Along with the Battle of Fort Necessity, it is considered the opening shots of the French and Indian War which would spread to the old world and become the Seven Years War.

On the morning of May 28, 1754, young Virginia militia officer Major George Washington and 40 soldiers attacked the Canadian militia under the command of Ensign Joseph Coulon de Villiers de Jumonville. The short battle ended with a total victory to the Virginia militia forces.

In what is considered a carefully calculated action to ignite war, Seneca Chief Tanacharison approached the wounded Jumonville, tomahawked and killed him saying, "Thou are not dead yet my father."

It was in reference to the battle at Jumonville Glen that Washington made his now famous statement, "I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me there is something charming in the sound."

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