Road to Disaster

Road to Disaster (HM1N5)

Location: Farmington, PA 15437 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.95', W 79° 36.027'

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On June 25, 1755, the largest army assembled in North America up to that time passed this spot. British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock led the first 1,400 soldiers of his 2,400-man army along a 12-foot-wide road. Lt. Col. Thomas Dunbar lagged behind with 1,000 men and the army's supplies. Braddock's goal of expelling the French from Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh) was thwarted when his advance troops collided with a force of French and Indians.

On July 14, what remained of that once proud British army hobbled past this point, retreating from their disastrous defeat at the Battle of the Monongahela. Today, the trail leads to this remnant of the "Braddock Road" where a British army marched toward battle, returned in defeat, and buried its fallen leader.
HM NumberHM1N5
Series This marker is part of the Braddock's Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock series
Placed ByFort Necessity National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 3:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 619758 N 4410103
Decimal Degrees39.83250000, -79.60045000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.95', W 79° 36.027'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 57.00" N, 79° 36' 1.62" W
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Area Code(s)724
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3101-3163 National Pike, Farmington PA 15437, US
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