Sat, August 11, 2018

Braddock's Defeat

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As British troops trudged away from their bloody defeat on the banks of the Monongahela River just miles from capturing their objective, Fort Duquesne, General Edward Braddock laid mortally wounded. In the first major battle of the French and Indian War, the commander of British forces led a combined force of British redcoats and American militia under the command of Colonel George Washington. The army was stopped short of victory, leading the British American colonies into a global conflict, ultimately changing the face of European empires. On Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 2:00 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will host Dr. David L. Preston to present a lecture based on his award-winning book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution. Dr. Preston will be accompanied by two experts on the French and Indian War in an extended roundtable event.

In 1755, the British high command sent General Edward Braddock to the American colonies with the mission of stopping French advances into British territory. Braddock combined his troops with local American militia under the command of Colonel George Washington and other officers who would one day become lynch pins on both sides of the American Revolution. Preston will discuss the strategic and operational overview of Braddock’s campaign to take Fort Duquesne, as well as introduce the major military players on both sides of the resulting battle. The discussion will finish with a post-battle analysis, tying Braddock's campaign planning and coalition building to concepts which still apply to our military planning today.

Dr. David Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security at The Citadel. Dr. Preston earned his B.A. in History from Mary Washington College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the College of William and Mary. His first book, The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, received the 2010 Albert B. Corey Prize and the 2010 Annual Archives Award of Excellence in Research from the New York State Archives. His most recent book, Braddock’s Defeat, won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History and a 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.