Stranger still because many of the British documents discuss a somewhat disastrous raid on the town in the middle 1800s, which left some good men dead.
As usual in Affghanistan, and in India too, an inefficient force was
sent against Pushoot. A breach was effected on each side of the gateway, but an inner gate was found closed. An attempt to blow it in failed, though the gallant yougn Pigou, (who afterwards fell before a like insignificant fortress) was the Engineer. An excellent young officer,
Collinson of the 37th N. I. was killed with nineteen men, and double the
number wounded. The garrsion having repelled the attack, shortly after evacuated the place, repeating exactly the occurences of a hundred such assaults, in Hindostan and Affghanistan.
- Kashmir and the Countries around the Indus, Sir Henry Lawrence KCB, A gazeteer of the countries adjacent to India on the North West. . . , Edward Thronton Esq, Wm H Allen, London 1844, Reprinted in Selections from the Calcutta Review, Vol 1, 1881, TS Smith
So where is this Pushoot? There are reasonable possibilities one might attach to the name, working back and forward through time to attempt to assemble the logical correspondence of modern place names and this old one.
First are the clues from the old British text about location. It was about 50 miles Northeast of Jelalabad "on the road to Bajaour". That puts it near Asadabad, which was then called Chagar Serai (with various creative spellings, almost no two of which match). But one would expect that since those same sources describe Chagar Sarai, they wouldn't have mixed up Pushoot with Chagar Sarai, and those two place names represent distinct locations.
Next, there is the clue of the old Russian Vlasenko map of the area. http://download.maps.vlasenko.net/smtm200/i-42-12.jpg As you can see, if you can learn the basics of the Cyrllic alphabet (which takes, perhaps, an afternoon of study), that one of the cities on this map is marked пашат, which is "Pashat". Pushoot. Pashat. hmmm. Quite close!
There is a problem, though. There is a town in Pakistan called Pashat, that is just over the mountain-border from the Pashat area marked on the Russian map. They are clearly two different places if you look at the maps - one is clearly on the Kunar river to the west, and the other is clearly inside Pakistan, on some small tributary of the Indus / Sindh. These two towns are in different watersheds.
But.... I think we might be OK. Why? Because there is another clue, from the Encyclopedia Iranica. In this encyclopedia, the article on Asadabad mentions that the capital of the area was moved from "Pasad" / "Pasat" to Asadabad in the late 1800s/1900s. And... if you look at the old British text, by Lawrence, he notes that Pushoot was the capital of the "province of Kooner".
There are some other clues we can pull from that old Russian map. Right next to Pashat ( пашат ) is a town called Бар-Наранг. That's Bar-Narang in latin letters. This, we can search for! And so we do.
Bar-Narang is not in google maps, but it is on a site called 'Go Mapper', which has apparently taken it's own database and overlayed it with Google Maps in some way. So. That.
When you go to http://www.gomapper.com/travel/where-is/bar-narang-konar-located.html you can find Bar-Narang, but you will also see something nearby called Pashshad. On the road marked "Bajaur" road. Just as in the British source above.
I am pretty confident at saying, at this point, that the British writers who described their experiences in Afghanistan in the 1800s, including the Pushoot mission, were describing this little spot on the Kunar river, about 20 km south (down the Kunar river) of Asadabad, now called perhaps Pashat or a dozen other names.
Can we narrow it down? Perhaps.
A very, very eye-witness account is given here: http://books.google.com/books?id=mh8PAAAAYAAJ The town of Pushoot was on the left bank of the Kunar (Kama) river, 400 yards in, and 400 yards from the Fort.
Well, let's fire up Google Maps. It doesn't have these towns, but it does have satellite images of the entire Kunar valley. So we start at Asadabad, a town it does have, and go down the river until we find something interesting, perhaps something that matches the old Russian map?
Ah. Here. On the map, by a little bit of land jutting out NorthWest into the river, there is a little town, and about 400 yards away, a little square shape on the land. Also of course, the river changed course over time, and the town grew, but it's not crazy to imagine it roughly 400 yards from these places.
Perhaps it is the site of Pushoot Fort, the square enclosure? Perhaps not. Only archaeologists and historians could find out now.