The Life of Washington by Washington Irving

These are two chapters (16 & 24) that are concerned with the British attempts to take Fort Duquesne. (Later it will be known as Pittsburg.) In chapter 16 a young George Washington is an aide to General Braddock. Braddock with superior forces and equipment, will preside over of one of the most humiliating defeats suffered by the British in the colonial period. It costs Braddock his life. In witnessing British hubris and tactical blunders, I can imagine Washington taking notes that later served him well. In chapter 24 Fort Duquesne is taken but only because the French abandoned it.

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