Park Service Recalls Start of War at Jumonville Glen

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To many historians, it was the shot heard around the world, resounding throughout Jumonville Glen and signaling the start of the French and Indian War.

The National Park Service will hold a remembrance of the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28 at Jumonville Glen.

Thomas Markwadt, public relations director at Fort Necessity, said that the French and Indian War was a significant force in shaping colonial America.

"The goal was for the British to remove the French from North America, which they did," he said. "It left the British with a large empire, which created the need for more revenue, which resulted in higher taxes for the colonists."

He said that at the same time, colonists were asserting their own identity.

"Because the colonists were no longer threatened by the French, the colonists no longer needed British protection. They wanted to handle their own affairs. It set the stage for the American Revolution."

The event will feature costumed interpreters, who will tell the story of the skirmish and of how it affected American history. They also will give demonstrations of historic weapons that were used in the conflict.

Bryan Reedy, a ranger at Fort Necessity, will lead the group of interpreters at Jumonville.

"There was a need to do some kind of event to commemorate this battle," he said. …