ARRT of DC -- "Braddock's March" -- November 3
- Dear Friends and Fellow Historians,
Those who live in, or may be planning to visit, the Washington, DC, area are cordially invited to join us for the next meeting of the American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia on Wednesday evening, 3 November 2010,
The 3 November 2010 program will be presented by Thomas Crocker who will talk on the dramatic topic of his recent book: Braddock's March. Mr. Crocker's work has been described by some as the first authoritative history of the disastrous 1755 march into the American wilderness by 2,500 British troops and colonial forces who were calamitously ambushed by French troops and Indian warriors outside present-day Pittsburgh. The battle, known as "The Battle of The Monongahela," helped make the career of young George Washington, and a number of others who later served in the Revolutionary War on both sides. Daniel Boone, for example, was also present, and Benjamin Franklin played a supporting role.
After landing in Alexandria, Virginia, Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock organized his troops and supply train. In May 1755, the expedition began its nearly 250-mile trek, heroically cutting through dense wilderness, fording rivers, and scaling mountains, while hauling heavy artillery and baggage across the Appalachian Mountains. The speaker may be able to explain the significance of the "Braddock Cannon Marker" at the intersection of West Braddock and Russel Roads in Alexandria.
Mr. Crocker is an attorney with a Washington, D.C. firm. Reviews of his book have praised his thorough research and fresh writing style.
The ARRT of DC meets at the Fort Myer (Arlington, VA) Officers Club the first Wednesday of September, November, March and May, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information on attending the program, or the ARRT of DC in general, go to our web page at
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