In 1758, during the French and Indian war, General John Forbes ordered the construction of a "Post at Loyalhanna," fifty miles from Fort Duquesne, which sat on the forks of the Ohio River (in present day Pittsburgh). Forbes was charged with retaking control of the forks, and Loyalhanna was to be a depot and staging area for a British-American army of 5,000 troops. The successful defense of Loyalhanna against the French led to the abandonment of Fort Duquesne, which Forbes then occupied. He named the site "Pittsburgh" in honor of Secretary of State William Pitt, and renamed Loyalhanna "Fort Ligonier" after Sir John Ligonier, Commander-in-Chief of Great Britain. Today, Fort Ligonier stands as an enriching living history site with reenactments, battles, folkcrafts, archaeological digs, a museum and art gallery and more. The town of Ligonier offers more modern pursuits like specialty shopping in over 70 stores and fine dining, but all with a touch of history and the breathtaking beauty of the Laurel Mountains.