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POUCHOT, M. (poo-sho), soldier, born in Grenoble, France, in 1712; died in Corsica, 8 May, 1769. He entered the engineer corps of the French army in 1733, and subsequently served in Corsica, Flanders, and Germany. He accompanied the Marquis de Montcalm to Canada, and assisted in the defence of Forts Niagara and Levis. He is the author of " Memoirs of the War of 1755-'60 in North America " (Paris, 3 vols., 1781), which has been translated into English, and edited by Franklin B. Hough (2 vols., New York, 1866). In this work he speaks of observing oil-springs in northwestern Pennsylvania, probably the first mention of that petroleum field on record.
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