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 Edward Braddock

Edward Braddock

Birth
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Death 13 Jul 1755 (aged 60)
Farmington, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Farmington, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 123 · View Source
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British Major General. He is best remembered for leading a British and colonial volunteers military expedition against the French in the Ohio Country of Colonial America, which ended in disaster. He was appointed commander of the British forces of North America shortly after the beginning of the French and Indian War in 1754. He arrived in the Virginia colony on 20 February 1755 with two regiments of British soldiers and was persuaded by several of the colonial governors to take action against the French-occupied territories in the West. His initial efforts were delayed by administrative confusion and the lack of provisions and supplies initially promised by the colonials. His expedition, which included George Washington as a volunteer officer, finally departed for Fort Duquesne at the fork of the Ohio River. They proceeded to cross the Monongahela River on 9 July 1755 and were met with French and Indian forces who rushed from Fort Duquesne to defend their position. Initially, the British forces held the upper hand but the French and Indian forces reacted quickly and subjected Braddock's forces to a murderous crossfire, to which they became disoriented and could not counterattack. Braddock was mortally wounded and died four days later after retreating from the battle. Before he died, he gave George Washington his ceremonial sash that he wore with his battle uniform. He was buried in the roadway and wagons were rolled over his grave to disguise it, in order to prevent his remains from being disinterred and desecrated. In 1804, human remains believed to be Braddock's were discovered by a crew of road workers at the location where he was initially buried and were exhumed and reburied at its present-day location. A monument was erected in 1913 over the grave site by the Coldstream Guards.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 123
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Braddock (Jan 1695–13 Jul 1755), Find A Grave Memorial no. 123, citing General Edward Braddock Gravesite, Farmington, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .