Disaster struck the British Army column dispatched to destroy French fortifications in the Ohio Country. General Edward Braddock was killed and over 500 of his officers and men are counted as either dead or missing in what witnesses described as a “massacree” and a “disaster unlike anything”. While clearing saplings from the path to make way for the artillery, Maj. Thomas Gage’s advance party of grenadiers encountered a band of Canadian militiamen and French Troupes de la Marine. They traded volleys and the Canadians retired to the woods while Gage attempted to bring his field pieces to bear.
In the ensuing confusion, large war parties of French-allied Indians had infiltrated past the British advance guard and positioned themselves along both sides of Braddock’s road column. With a savage war whoop, they burst from the woods along the line of advance and peppered the British regulars with musket fire. Braddock and Col. Halket, riding in the center of the column were set upon by a war band and hacked to death with tomahawks. Leaderless British regulars panicked and routed, spreading fear and confusion through the baggage train. In the ensuing moments, chaos reigned as the remained of the British regiments fled back to a ford along the Monongahela where provincial forces and rangers under Lt. Col. Washington were able to stem the tide long enough to open a clear route of retreat for the survivors.
Early news of the disaster has made its way to Ft. Cumberland, prompting His Majesties Governor to declare a state of emergency. Rumour has it that Indian war bands are roaming settlements in the Ohio valley, looting and burning. Who will protect the colonies from these French outrages?
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