and all his officers,
down to a corporal, were killed; of Polson
's, whose bravery was honored by the Legislature of the Old Dominion, only one was left.
But ‘those they call regulars, having wasted their ammunition, broke and ran, as sheep before hounds, leaving the artillery, provisions, baggage, and even the private papers of the general, a prey to the enemy.
The attempt to rally them was as vain as to attempt to stop the wild bears of the mountain.’1
‘Thus were the English
most scandalously beaten.’
Of privates, seven hundred and fourteen were killed or wounded; while of the French
, only three officers and thirty men fell, and but as many more were wounded.
had five horses disabled under him; at last a bullet entered his right side, and he fell mortally wounded.2
He was with difficulty brought off the field, and borne in the train of the fugitives.
All the first day he was silent; but at night he roused himself to say, ‘Who would have thought it’ The meeting at Dunbar
's camp made a day of confusion.
On the twelfth of July, Dunbar
destroyed the remaining artillery, and burned the public stores and the heavy baggage, to the value of a hundred thousand pounds,—pleading in excuse that he had the orders3
of the dying general, and being himself resolved, in midsummer, to evacuate Fort Cumberland
, and hurry to Philadelphia
Accordingly, the next day they all retreated.
At night Braddock
roused from his lethargy to say, ‘We shall better know how to deal with them another time,’