In January 1777, militia major Samuel McColloch attended a frontier war council at Catfish Camp (now Washington, Pennsylvania) called for by Virginia Governor Patrick Henry. The council, involving militia leaders from three counties, coordinated defense plans against expected Indian attacks. McColloch represented Ohio County along with County Lieutenant David Shepherd and others. The council decided on locations for ammunition stores, repairs for militia firearms, and deployment of troops to frontier forts. McColloch's attendance at this strategic council shows his importance as a frontier military leader in Virginia at the time.
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