In the spring of 1755, General Edward Braddock moved
his army of 2000 north from Virginia towards Fort Duquesne. By July
9th the troops arrived at the Monongahela River crossing, six weeks
behind schedule. Expecting an ambush to occur during the river crossing,
Braddock took precautions to see that all was secure before sending
the troops through the shallows. With the last man safe on the other
side, Braddock and his men moved forward into the forest canopy
with a renewed sense of confidence.
Within the next few hours, their confidence would
be replaced by panic and terror. General Braddock himself had four
horses shot out from under him, he fell with the fifth, mortally
wounded. The battle was lost. Tattered remnants of Braddock’s army
fled back across the river. Braddock, badly bleeding, was loaded
with two other wounded officers and taken from the battle ground,
He died within days of the battle.