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Fort Venango
Near Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
Type Fort
Coordinates Latitude:
Built 1760
In use 1760-1763
Controlled by United Kingdom
Battles/wars Pontiac's Rebellion
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Coordinates 41°23′22″N 79°49′20″W / 41.38932°N 79.82217°W / 41.38932; -79.82217Coordinates: 41°23′22″N 79°49′20″W / 41.38932°N 79.82217°W / 41.38932; -79.82217

Fort Venango was a small British fort built in 1760 near the site of present Franklin, Pennsylvania. The fort replaced Fort Machault, a French fort burned by the French in 1759 after they left the area near the end of the French and Indian War. On June 16, 1763, during Pontiac's Rebellion, the fort was captured by Seneca/Mingo warriors. The 12 to 15 soldiers of the fort were killed outright, except for the commander, Lieutenant Francis Gordon, who was forced to write a letter detailing the Indians' grievances against the British. He was then slowly tortured and roasted to death at the stake, and the fort was burnt to the ground.

The fort was named after the nearby Delaware/Munsee Indian village, Venango.


  • Charles M. Stotz, Outposts of the War for Empire: The French and English in Western Pennsylvania: Their Armies, Their Forts, Their People, 1749-1764 (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985).
  • Howard H. Peckham, Pontiac and the Indian Uprising (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1999).

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