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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

"On January 14 1755, Major-General Edward Braddock sailed from Cork in Ireland with the 44th Regiment of Foot and the 48th Regiment of Foot, each numbering about 600 officers and men.

On February 20, his expeditionary force arrived at Hampton near Williamsburg in Virginia. This was not the best place to land for an expedition against Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh) on the Ohio. The expeditionary force would have to advance by a circuitous route from Wills' Creek. The 2 regiments were then ordered to march up the Potomac to Alexandria.

Braddock had a lot of trouble assembling transportation. The quartermaster-general had assured him that he might depend on 2,500 horses and 200 wagons from Virginia and Maryland. However, Braddock received only 20 wagons and 200 horses from these colonies. He finally obtained wagons and horses from Pennsylvania. The fact that he felt contemptuous of the Colonial militia did not really facilitate his task…."
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