Blazing Braddock's Road

Blazing Braddock's Road (HM2S1)

Location: Frostburg, MD 21532 Garrett County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 40.465', W 78° 57.739'

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"We this day passed the ?Aligany' Mountain (Big Savage Mountain) which is a rocky ascent of more than two miles, in many places extremely steep?"

Captain Robert Orme, June 15, 1755

British General Edward Braddock led a 2,100-man army through this wild country in 1755. The troops intended to dislodge the French from the "Forks of the Ohio" (Pittsburgh) almost 100 miles away. They were blazing a new trail, forever known as "Braddock's Road."

As they crossed this formidable mountain about a mile south of here, Braddock's aide, Captain Robert Orme, recorded the difficulties. "Its descent is very rugged and almost perpendicular; in passing which we entirelydemolished three wagons and shattered several." After Orme listed the passage of 2100 soldiers, 30 wagons, 400 horses, siege artillery and tons of supplies, General Braddock took a young George Washington's advice. He soon created a "flying column," shedding most of the cumbersome equipment and moving more quickly to his objective.

(Sidebar): Retracing General Braddock's Route

More than 150 years after Braddock's march to a disastrous defeat, John Kennedy Lacock, a Harvard Professor, led an expedition to retrace the original route of Braddock's Road. Here, Lacock and his colleagues rest near the summit of Big Savage Mountain. The old twelve-footwide road is clearly visible between them.
HM NumberHM2S1
Series This marker is part of the Braddock's Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock series, and the The Historic National Road series.
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 674766 N 4393606
Decimal Degrees39.67441667, -78.96231667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.465', W 78° 57.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 27.90" N, 78° 57' 44.34" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20720 National Pike, Frostburg MD 21532, US
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  1. In reading the book "Braddock Road Chronicles" and my other research the passage stated here by Captain Orne is miss represented. Captain Orne referred to the Attemped climb up the east face of Haystack Mountain. The exact route from from Fort Cumberland was west on Green St to the "Dingle" left west up Buckingham , right up Windsor. Where Windsor ends the wagon train tried to scale Haystack Mountain and lost the wagons per Captain Orne. The British then scouted the natural pass through the Narrows to present day Braddock Run at the Route 40 west and Route 36 intersection.( A scar on the road can be seen west of West Ave , north of Braddock Run.) The trail from there paralleled Braddock Run west to Clarksville the turned up to Hoffman , turned west to the small Run Behind Frostburg State then up Big Savage to this marker.

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