; born in Perthshire, Scotland
, about 1695; entered the army as ensign in the Cold-stream Guards; served in the wars in Flanders
; received a commission as brigadier-general in 1746, and major-general in March, 1754.
He arrived in Virginia
in February, 1755, and, placed in command of an expedition against Fort Duquesne
, began his march from Will's Creek
), June 10, with about 2,000 men, regulars and provincials.
Anxious to reach his destination before Fort Duquesne
should receive reinforcements, he made forced marches with 1,200 men, leaving Colonel Dunbar
, his second in command, to follow with the remainder and the wagon-train.
On the morning of July 9 the little army forded the Monongahela River
, and advanced in solid platoons
along the southern shores of that stream.
saw the perilous arrangement of the troops after the fashion of European
tactics, and he ventured to advise Braddock
to disperse his army in open order and employ the Indian
mode of fighting in the forests.
The haughty general angrily replied, “What!
a provincial colonel teach a British general how to fight!”
The army moved on, recrossed the river to the north side, and were marching in fancied security at about noon, when they were suddenly assailed by volleys of bullets and clouds of arrows on their front and flanks.
They had fallen into an ambush, against which Washington
had vainly warned Braddock
The assailants were French regulars, Canadians, and Indians
, less than 1,000 in number, under De Beaujeu
, who had been sent from Fort Duquesne
and who fell at the first onslaught.
The suddenness of the attack and the horrid war-whoop of the Indians, which the British
regulars had never heard before, disconcerted them, and they fell into great confusion.
, seeing the peril, took the front of the fight, and by voice and example encouraged his men. For more than two hours the battle raged fearfully.
Of eighty-six English officers sixty-three were killed or wounded: so, also, were one-half the private soldiers.
All of Braddock
's aides were disabled excepting Washington
, who, alone unhurt, distributed the general's orders.
had five horses shot under him, and finally he, too, fell, mortally wounded.
Competent testimony seems to prove that he was slot by Thomas Faucett
, one of the provincial soldiers.
His plea in extenuation of the crime was self-preservation.
who had spurned the advice of Washington
about the method of fighting Indians
, had issued a positive order that none of the English
should protect themselves behind trees, as the French
's brother had taken such a position, and when Braddock
perceived it, he struck him to the earth with his sword.
, on seeing his brother fall, shot Braddock
in the back.
The provincials fought bravely, and early all were killed.
The remnant of the regulars broke and fled when Braddock
, who was left in chief command, perceiving the day was lost, rallied the few provincial troops, and carrying with him his dying general, gallantly covered the retreat.
The enemy did not pursue.
left their cannon
and their dead on the battle-field.
Three days after the battle, Braddock
died (July 13, 1755), and was buried in the forest more than 50 miles from Cumberland
, surrounded by sorrowing officers, read the funeral service of the Church
by torch-light at his grave.
was haughty and egotistical, and his private character was not good, he being known as a gambler and spendthrift.