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Col. James Burd Historical Marker
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Name:
Col. James Burd

Region:
Hershey/Gettysburg/Dutch Country Region

County:
Dauphin

Marker Location:
PA 230 in Highspire

Dedication Date:
October 23, 1946

Behind the Marker

Colonel James Burd played an important role in fortifying the Pennsylvania frontier after markerBraddock's Defeat left it exposed to the depredations of the French and their allied Indians. Initially, he worked as a road-builder, cutting an intended supply route for Braddock's army along the markerRaystown Traders' Path from Shippensburg to Raystown (modern Bedford). Burd's Road was supposed to connect with Braddock's Road, but the work proceeded too slowly to help the beleaguered general.

Burd's Road was abandoned when markerColonel Dunbar evacuated the remnants of Braddock's army to Philadelphia. Burd remained on the Pennsylvania frontier, encouraging the provincial government to fortify the route between Shippensburg and Raystown, so that the French could not use the passage.

Burd's road-building efforts on behalf of Braddock paid off for the Forbes Expedition in 1758. During that campaign, Burd contributed to the construction of markerFort Ligonier. A year later, he and James Shippen built Fort Burd on the Monongahela to serve as a depot for river transport to Pittsburgh.

 
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