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Fort Ashby in the Youghiogheny Glades page 5

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gheny Mountains and the Monongahela and Ohio River Valleys were organized in terms of daily vigilance. There were instances recalled when Indians were seen spying from the tree tops of the forest surrounding the fort.

But withal this danger, there were times when the men of the fort were required to be absent on ranger duty or working on adjacent farms. To give the impression that the fort was adequately manned, the children would, through the night, build great fires within the stockade, throwing on buffalo tallow to make them burn brightly. The ruse succeeded in keeping the Indians at a distance.

The living, although primitive, was ample. Deer, bear and turkey were to be had in abundance any season of the year. During the sum-


Rev. J. C. Breuninger

Left to right: The writer, Peter Breuninger, and Jacob Sanders quarrying lime rock at the Parker Ashby (1844-1918) Quarry in the Youghiogheny Glades. Picture taken Nov. 12, 1905. From Parker Ashby collection.

Summer 1963

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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