Braddock's march : how the man sent to seize a continent changed American history

by Crocker, Thomas E.

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Summary

Winner of the 2011 New York Society of Colonial Wars Distinguished Book Award

"The strength of this book lies in Crocker's presentation of the battle and the complicated logistics involved."-- Times Literary Supplement " Braddock's March is arguably the first truly comprehensive history devoted exclusively to the calamitous march that remade North America. . . . Braddock's story is superb history."-- Weekly Standard "Drawing on original sources, Crocker grittily reconstructs the advance of Edward Braddock's army on Fort Duquesne. . . . Attentive to detail, Crocker will engage colonial-history readers in this well illustrated book."-- Booklist

"Both Braddock's epic march and subsequent destruction are brought to life by Thomas E. Crocker in Braddock's March , his impeccably researched account of an important but largely forgotten chapter in American history. . . . It all adds up to a stirring tale."-- Washington Times  

"Before we parted, the General told me he should never see me more; for he was going with a handful of men to conquer whole nations; and to do this they must cut their way through unknown woods. He produced a map of the country, saying at the same time, 'Dear Pop, we are sent like sacrifices to the altar.'" - George Anne Bellamy on General Edward Braddock's departure

In January 1755, Major General Edward Braddock was sent by Great Britain on a mission to drive France once and for all from the New World. Accompanied by the largest armed expeditionary force ever sent to North America, Braddock's primary target was the Forks of the Ohio, where he planned to seize Fort Duquesne (at present-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), and then march north into Canada. After landing in Alexandria, Virginia, and organizing his troops and supply chain, Braddock and his expedition began its nearly 250-mile trek, heroically cutting through uncharted wilderness, fording rivers, and scaling the Appalachian mountains, all while hauling baggage and heavy artillery. Braddock was joined on this epic mission by a young Virginia colonel, George Washington, and others who would later play major roles in the American Revolution, including Horatio Gates, Thomas Gage, and Charles Lee; among those driving the expedition's wagons were Daniel Boone and Daniel Morgan. Having withstood the harsh frontier and finally marching upon Fort Duquesne on a hot July morning, Braddock's exhausted column was ambushed by a combined French and Indian force. Over two-thirds of Braddock's British and colonial troops were killed or wounded, including Braddock himself, struck by a bullet in the chest while attempting to rally his disoriented troops. George Washington miraculously escaped harm despite four bullet holes through his clothing. With this battle, North America became the greatest stake in the global war between France and Great Britain.

In Braddock's March: How the Man Sent to Seize a Continent Changed American History , Thomas E. Crocker tells the riveting story of one of the most important events in colonial America. Not only did Braddock's expedition have a profound impact on American political and military developments, this fateful march laid the foundation for the "National Pike," the major road for westward expansion, launched the career of George Washington, and sowed the seeds of dissent between  England and its colonies that would ultimately lead to the American Revolution.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Drawing on original sources about the 1755 British attempt to conquer New France, Crocker grittily reconstructs the advance of Edward Braddock's army on Fort Duquesne, the site of modern Pittsburgh. Furnishing Braddock's background he was a 60-year-old military administrator with scant combat experience Crocker puzzles over Braddock's appointment before pitching into the sequence of events ensuing from his landing in Virginia. On paper, Braddock had a commission to command all regular and colonial troopsin British North America. In reality, he discovered the colonials to be recalcitrant with money and men, and the forested, mountainous terrain to be equally uncooperative with his determination to move a conventional army through trackless wilderness. Inflexible, Braddock persevered to within several miles of the fort, Crocker's narrative exuding the laboriousness of Braddock's campaign: it was in the middle of another day of hacking a road through the trees that the French and Indians sprang an ambush that repulsed the British and Americans and killed their commander. Attentive to detail, Crocker will engage colonial-history readers in this well-illustrated work.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Attorney Crocker brings comprehensive research and fresh perspective to his first work He presents Sir William Braddock's disastrous 1755 campaign against the French as a defining event of American history, not a "one-shot loss." It brought together a large number of men who later played prominent roles on both sides of the Revolutionary War-not only George Washington but Thomas Gage and Charles Lee, Daniel Morgan and Daniel Boone, among others. The campaign provided lessons that shaped the American consciousness. It showed the vulnerability of the British redcoats and the potential of irregular warfare. It introduced the political issues of burden sharing and taxation. Above all, says Crocker, Braddock's march was a human story. In his fast-paced description of events, Crocker calls it a "pilgrimage of destiny." At the narrative's center is the general. Hard-drinking, hard-driving, sustaining discipline with the lash and confronting increasing disaffection, Braddock was more complex-and more competent-than the stubborn dunce of myth. Crocker describes him as "done in... by a confluence of adverse circumstances" ranging from geography to lack of support from the colonies. The judgment is debatable, but Crocker's justification is worth reading. 66 illus. (Oct. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Braddock, Edward, -- 1695?-1755.
Braddock's Campaign, 1755.
United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763.
Pennsylvania -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763.
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Publisher Yardley, Pa. :Westholme,2009.
Language English
Notes Map on lining papers.
Description xvi, 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-328) and index.
ISBN 9781594160967
1594160961
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