Braddock Road (Rock Fort Camp)
Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghenies
US 40 ca. 6 miles Southeast of Uniontown at Summit
June 17, 1952
Braddock, however, had a much larger army in tow than Washington. When he left Fort Cumberland in early June, he commanded a force of about 2,500 British regulars, American recruits, laborers, and female camp followers. The Indians who were supposed to support his army as guides and scouts abandoned Braddock after he failed to assure them that the British would honor their claim to the Ohio Country once the French were removed. [Original Document]
Braddock's men had to cut a road wide enough to accommodate the wagons and draft animals that accompanied them, as well as the siege artillery that they brought along to use against Fort Duquesne. Progress was painstakingly slow until Braddock decided to split the force into two groups: a flying column of about 1,500 men and a support column that would drag along the artillery and supplies.
The flying column made rapid progress, and with each day, the distance between it and the support column increased. On the morning of July 9, the flying column crossed the Monongahela and came within ten miles of Fort Duquesne. But at Braddock's Crossing, disaster struck.
The following Markers in Fayette County have similar story lines and therefore have the same behind and beyond the marker text: Braddock Road (Stewart's Crossing) located at US 119, .2 mile South of Connellsville and Braddock Road (Twelve Springs Camp) Located at US 40, 3.5 miles Southeast of Farmington.
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.