Edward Braddock (1695-1755)
An experienced soldier, Braddock had been in the army since 1710, seeing much service during the War of the Austrian Succession, before being appointed commander in chief in North America in 1755 during the French and Indian War. His first action in America was an attack on Fort Duquesne (modern Pittsburgh) as part of a larger, four pronged attack on the French. Braddock's column of some 1,500 soldiers was ambushed by a force of French and Indians only 900 strong (Battle of the Monongahela, 9 July 1755), in which Braddock was killed along with half of his troops. The escape of the survivors was greatly helped by the young George Washington.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (17 November 2000), Edward Braddock (1695-1755), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_braddock.html