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Braddock's Grave

In 1755, one year after Geo. Washington's defeat at Fort Necessity and the start of the French and Indian War, the British were resolved to eliminate the French from North America. British officer Major General Edward Braddock was selected to lead the campaign. Braddock personally commanded a regimen to attack the French at Fort Duquesne, located at present day Pittsburgh. Washington accompanied Braddock as an aide. On July 9, 1755, while the expedition was enroute to Fort Dusquesne, the British were surprised by French and Indian forces which totally overwhelmed the British contingent. The elite British force suffered horrendous losses and were forced to retreat. Although Braddock had been schooled in the art of Warfare in England, his tactics were no match for the French and their Indian allies. Braddock himself was among the severely wounded. On their retreat on July 13, the British camped about one mile west of the former Fort Necessity when Braddock succumbed to his injuries. The general was buried in the road to obliterate any traces of the grave's whereabouts, fearing that a marked grave would only permit the Indians to uncover and desecrate the remains. The army then continued its retrat on to eastern Pennsylvania.

Braddock's Grave monument commemorates General Braddock's final resting place. This pleasant little park has just undergone a very nice renovation. It is located on Route 40 and generally can be viewed in 15-30 minutes.

Historiacal markers interpret the events leading to Braddock's death. One marker speaks of the site's significance over a much broader time period.

This site is part of the Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

 


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Fort Necessity National Battlefield
One Washington Parkway
Farmington, PA 15437

TELEPHONE: (724) 329-5512 Click for TTY Information

OPERATING HOURS:
Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all year; closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

US Route 40, 10 miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel

  • Continue to travel straignt on US 40 East for 3.3 miles.
  • Turn Left into Braddock Historical Site.

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