Braddock's Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela

Braddock's Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela

by Norman L. Baker

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Braddock's Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela by Norman L. Baker


In 1755, Major General Edward Braddock and two army regiments set out from Alexandria with the objective of capturing Fort Duquesne, near present-day Pittsburgh. To transport their sizable train of artillery and wagons, they first had to build a road across the rugged Appalachian Mountains. It was almost 289 treacherous miles from Alexandria, Virginia, by way of Fort Cumberland in Maryland and on to the French fort; the road they built was one of the most impressive military engineering accomplishments of the eighteenth century. Historian Norman L. Baker chronicles the construction of the road and creates the definitive mapping of even those sections once thought lost. Join Baker as he charts the history of Braddock's Road until the ultimate catastrophic collision with the combined French and Indian forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626191143
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: War Era and Military
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 642,924
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Norman L. Baker is a retired aerospace engineer, award-winning journalist, historian and author. He is a board member of the Braddock Road Preservation Association and in 2011, he was inducted into the Virginia Historical Series Hall of Fame.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 The Genesis 15

2 The Initial Thrust: Alexandria to Fort Cumberland 25

3 The Final Thrust: Fort Cumberland to the Monongahela 45

4 Fort Cumberland to Grove Camp: To Camp 1 Via Sandy Gap of Will's Mountain and the Narrows 51

5 George's Creek: Camp 1 to Camp 2 55

6 Savage River: Camp 2 to Camp 3 59

7 Little Meadows: Camp 3 to Camp 4 67

8 Laurel Run: Camp 4 to Camp 5 73

9 Bear Camp: Camp 5 to Camp 6 77

10 Great Crossings: Camp 6 to Camp 7 83

11 Scalping Camp: Camp 7 to Camp 8 89

12 Steep Bank: Camp 8 to Camp 9 95

13 Rock Camp: Camp 9 to Camp 10 99

14 Gist's House: Camp 10 to Camp 11 103

15 Stewart's Crossings: Camp 11 to Camp 12 107

16 Over the River: Camp 12 to Camp 13 111

17 Terrapin Creek: Camp 13 to Camp 14 117

18 Jacobs' Cabins: Camp 14 to Camp 15 123

19 Lick Camp: Camp 15 to Camp 16 127

20 Hillside Camp: Camp 16 to Camp 17 133

21 Monacatootha Camp: Camp 17 to Camp 18 137

22 Blunder Camp: Camp 18 to Camp 19 141

23 Sugar Creek Camp: Camp 19 to Camp 20 147

Notes 153

Bibliography 177

Index 185

About the Author 189

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