was a sunny afternoon that July 9, 1755, as Gen. Braddock watched
his nearly 1,400 troops cross the Monongahela River for a second
time on route to Fort Duquesne to do battle with the French and
Indians:there, to once and for all, chase them from the landscape
of the Forks of The Ohio. Little was Gen. Braddock to know that
by days end, he would lay mortally wounded, almost 1,000 of his
men would either be dead or wounded, and the remnants of his once
proud army would be in full retreat to Dunbar's Camp some 40 miles
to the rear. 400 French and Indians, hiding in wait, had laid waste
to the once mighty British fighting machine and set into motion
the events that would set a continent on fire for the next 10 years.
The Braddock expedition and evenual disaster is one of the great
mysteries of Colonial America. Was it caused by poor performance
of the British enlisted soldier? Was it caused by British infantry
tactics, particularly platoon volley firing, firing at French and
Indians hidden behind dense foliage. Was it because of Braddock's
advance position being nearly forty miles ahead of his backup, Colonel
Dunbar and 1,000 more men and all the heavy guns? Or was it caused
by an arrogant, overbearing, and stubborn General Braddock who refused
to listen to practical advise from lowly woodsmen and Indians. The
answer to these questions and many more are in this exciting and
factfilled book by Winthrop Sargent.
No book on the Braddock campaign is equal this one. Wright Howes
historical reference book calls " The History of an Expedition Against
Fort DuQuesne in 1755, the best account of the Braddock disaster.
But not only is this book, by far and away the most factual account,
Sargent includes many additional sources of facts about the Braddock
campaign that are not found in any other book. Sargent's memoirs
begins on the night of April 30, 1748, with what was boldly proclaimed
to a definitive and lasting pence between France and England with
the signing of the treaty of Aix-laChapelle. Little did the parties
involved know that this would only lead to future conflicts that
would set the North American continent ablaze for the next 15 years.
So rich in detail is this book that you will read the complete
journal of Captain Robert Orme of the Coldstream guard, a right
hand man to General Braddock, as well as the journal of Captain
Roger Morris, aide de camp with Washington to Gen. Braddock's campaign.
Among the information included in the 6 part appendix is George
Croghan's statement about the Indians with him in the campaign,
and his opinion about Braddock's attitude toward these men and their
fate and what might have been in 'that day of our unhappy defeat."
Additional parts of the appendix include Gen. Braddock's instructions
for his North American campaign by order of the Duke of Cumberland,
the French report of the battle and details of Gen. Braddock's last
night in landon. Every journey starts with a first step. Walk with
us now through those crucial events of the mid-eighteenth century
to that one fateful sunny afternoon in July of 1755, on this new
wilderness frontier, where a mighty army was brought to it's knees,
a struggle for a continent begun, and with it the roots of a new
nation begin to sprout and grow.
464 pages, 6 part appendix
and index, 4 double-sided full color fold out maps, 2 black&white
double-sided foldouts, limited to 500 copies, printed on acid-free
paper, smythe-sewn, hardcover, bound in "Union Jack" red
cloth cover with gold embossing and 6 pound cannon on cover and