Devilliers Street

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Devilliers Street
Neighborhoods Crawford-Roberts, Middle Hill, Terrace Village
Origin of name Louis Coulon de Villiers

Devilliers Street is named for Louis Coulon de Villiers (1710–1757), a French Canadian military officer who forced George Washington to surrender at the Battle of Fort Necessity in 1754. His half-brother, Joseph Coulon de Jumonville (eponym of Jumonville Street), had been killed a few weeks earlier at the Battle of Jumonville Glen, and Coulon de Villiers was seeking revenge. These battles were the beginning of the French and Indian War.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


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