Farmington in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Braddock’s Original Grave Site
Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddock’s Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock marker series.
Location. 39° 49.974′ N, 79° 36.08′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from National Pike (U.S. 40) 1.2 miles east of Fayette Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington PA 15437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Braddock’s Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); A Secret Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Road to Disaster (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Braddock Park (about 300 feet away); First Roads to the West (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
1. Braddock's Expedition
General Braddock led an expedition of 2400 British soldiers, including Daniel Boone and Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, against the French at Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh). The expedition
Braddock, although a brave soldier, had little understanding or respect for colonials, Native Americans, or their methods of warfare. After crossing the Monongahela River, Braddock's men were ambushed on July 9, 1755 by 900 French soldiers and Native American warriors. Braddock insisted on fighting out in the open, in traditional British "stand-up" style, and as a result about 70% of his force were wiped out. Braddock himself was mortally wounded.
Braddock asked his soldiers to leave him to die on the battlefield. His men refused, and carried him back along the trail they had blazed through Pennsylvania. While in transit, Braddock orchestrated the retreat of his troops and organized relief expeditions for other wounded soldiers. On July 13th Braddock died and was buried in the road. His soldiers continued their retreat the next morning, marching over his grave to obliterate all traces of it and spare it from desecration by the enemy.
The road that Braddock and his men blazed would later become the "National Road", which closely follows present-day U.S. Route 40. Decades after his death, his body was exhumed from this site and moved a couple hundred feet to its present location (see nearby marker, Braddock's Grave).
— Submitted January 30, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, French and Indian •
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