The Early Years

July 1755
Washington’s return from Braddock’s defeat
British General Edward Braddock’s campaign to remove the French from Fort Duquesne ended in his own death and a horrific loss of British troops. Fatally wounded, Braddock asked Washington to lead what was left of the army back to safety. This is a letter that Washington wrote to his brother when he arrived back at Fort Cumberland.
18 July 1755
From George Washington to John Augustine Washington
To Mr Jno. Auge Washington,
Mount Vernon

Dear Brother, As I have heard since my arrivl at this place, a circumstantial acct of my death and dying Speech, I take this early oppertunity of contradicting the first, and of assuring you that I have not, as yet, composed the latter.
But by the all powerful dispensatns of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability & expectation for I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me yet although death was levelling my companions on every side of me, escaped unhurt.
We have been most scandalously beaten by a trifling body of men; but fatigue, and the want of time, will prevent me from giving you any of the details until I have the happiness of seeing you at Mount Vernon; which I now most ardently wish for...

Washington’s letter to his brother,
John Augustine Washington (1736-1787)

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