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General Daniel Roberdeau: Immigrant, Merchant, Patriot

Founder of Ft. Roberdeau was a politician and a soldier


August 8, 2019

Gary M. Baranec

Ft. Roberdeau, in Sinking Valley, is named after General Daniel Roberdeau, a Pennsylvania elected official in the mid- to late 1700s. He built the fort to protect a source of lead needed to make bullets for the Continental Army. Shown are re-enactors at the fort.

Many of the readers of the Herald have visited Fort Roberdeau in Tyrone Township, Blair County. There they have learned about the purpose of the fort, and about aspects of the Revolutionary War in what was then the frontier of Pennsylvania. But the background of the fort's namesake, General Daniel Roberdeau, is perhaps less well-known to visitors. Roberdeau's personal story is an American story that tells us much about the times in which he lived, and what it meant to be a sacrificial patriot in the perilous Revolutionary period.

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