Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghenies
US 40, 2.5 miles Northwest of Farmington
November 23, 1946
His luck did not hold out. Suffering mightily from the wound in his side, he died on July 13, before the army reached Fort Cumberland. He was buried the next day near Fort Necessity, the site of Washington's humiliation at the hands of the French the year before. Command of the army fell to the only colonel left in Braddock's command, Thomas Dunbar.
Fearing that the corpse would be discovered and mutilated by the enemy, George Washington recommended that Braddock be buried in the road, where the marching feet of the retreating army would destroy any evidence of the burial. In 1804, a road construction crew inadvertently disinterred his remains, and they were reburied in a marked grave nearby.
Louis M. Waddell and Bruce D. Bomberger, The French and Indian War in Pennsylvania: Fortification and Struggle During the War for Empire (Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), 1996.