Library hosting program on Col. Henry Bouquet

| October 1, 2014

COSHOCTON – Diplomacy at the Forks of the Muskingum: Col. Henry Bouquet’s 1764 Expedition will be presented by Ken Smailes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Central Christian Church.

2014 is the 250th anniversary of Col. Henry Bouquet marching with 1,500 militia and British troops from Fort Pitt to what is present-day Coshocton in the fall of 1764. The mission was to engage the Indians and secure the release of more than 200 captives. He did so without combat.

Smailes’ presentation will explore who Col. Bouquet was, the atmosphere of that era during the French and Indian War, the march from Fort Pitt to Coshocton, expedition encampments along the way and what life on the trail might have been like, and the negotiations and release of the captives.

A native of Coshocton County, Smailes is news director at WTNS Radio in Coshocton and WKLM Radio in Millersburg, as well as a pastor. His research and passion for history have formed a foundation for area historical preservation initiatives and educational outreach about local history.

The program is sponsored by the Coshocton Public Library.



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