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Simon Girty Simon Girty was born in 1741 the second of four boys in the region surrounding Harrisburg Pennsylvania His fathers alcoholism and inability to keep steady employment forced the family to move around a lot during his youth By the time Girty was 15 his family was living in western Pennsylvania During an Indian raid he and his brothers were captured by Indians He spent the next four years living with the Senecas in northwest Pennsylvania and western New York During this time he learned many languages and dialects of Indians and his skills as an outdoorsman were honed He was hired by the American army to serve as an interpreter at Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh He left his post briefly to fight with Lord Dunmore in Lord Dunmores War as a scout and interpreter He returned to Fort Pitt to resume his duties Girty was unpopular with his superiors because of his belligerence He left the army because he felt he was unappreciated Girty decided to go to Detroit where he began working for the British government The British quickly placed Girty in charge of activities against the American government on the frontier He was able to easily interact with the Indians and earned respect from both the British and the Indians To the American frontiersman he was hated Girty encouraged the Indians to not accept peace from the American government and in his role as a British agent told the Indians that the British would continue their support of the Indian insurrection Because of his success as a British agent and provocateur of the Indians Girty was wanted for treason against the American government By 1783 Girty had retired from the British employ However he continued to encourage the Indians to not accept peace from the Americans and worked to keep the Indians fired up against the Americans It is rumored the Girty fought with the
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