Six miles north of Harrisburg, on the south bank of Fishing Creek at its junction with the Susquehanna River, near Rockville, stood Fort Hunter, named after Robert Hunter, a pioneer white man who had previously settled there. Its erection was probably commenced by the settlers about October or November 1755, immediately after the massacre at Penns Creek, and completed by the Government troops when taking charge in January, 1756.
It was a block-house surrounded by a stockade, and had additional barracks on the outside for the recruits on their way to Fort Augusta. It was generally under the command of Captain McKee and Captain Patterson, of Colonel Clapham's Augusta Regiment, being the only defense in this list not directly under Colonel Weiser's command. He, nevertheless, had more or less to do with it. It occupied animportant position and was used until the termination of mall hostilities in 1764.