Braddock's Grave Farmington Reviews
Braddock's Grave Sep 22, 2013
Gen. Edward Braddock was sent from England to capture Fort Duquesne from the French in 1755 and secure the Ohio Country for the British in the French and Indian War (i.e., the Seven Years War). At his side was the young George Washington who had encountered French troops a year earlier during the disastrous Battle of Fort Necessity. Braddock constructed a road that ran from Virginia through western Pennsylvania to carry his troops, portions of which still exist as modern highways (such as the heavily traveled Braddock Road in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.)
Unfortunately Braddock's army was routed by the French at their first meeting and the general was mortally wounded. He was hastily buried under the very road he built in an unmarked grave to prevent desecration of his body. In 1804 the remains were discovered by workmen on the new National Road that incorported much of Braddock's earlier road. He was reburied on a nearby knoll with a memorial added in 1913.
The gravesite sits along the National Road just a few miles from Fort Necessity and is maintained by the National Park Service. The spot where the body was found is marked on a spooky trail just steps away that was once part of Braddock's Road. If you visit Fort Necessity, you might as well drive over and check out the gravesite.
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