2501 Braddock’s Defeat – Washington and the Battle of Monongahela

In 1753, the Governor of the colony of Virginia sent George Washington, who was a twenty one year old major in the Virginia militia, to the French Fort LeBoeuf near Lake Erie in the Ohio Valley, to demand the French leave the area. This ultimatum was rejected and Washington returned to deliver the message. 

This episode was written by Doug Knipple.

Doug is a high school physics teacher who lives a few miles outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Growing up in one of the major areas of early American history it was only a matter of time before he became obsessively interested in it.