National Geographic : 1932 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Clifton Adams A BIT OF BRADDOCK'S ROAD NEAR MC KEESPORT, PENNSYLVANIA Colonel Washington was so ill that he had to make this part of his march to Braddocks Field in a covered wagon, but later he was in the saddle where the gunfire was most furious (see text, page 23). advance troops, in panic, fell back on the artillery, near what is now the Pennsyl vania Railroad Station in Braddock. Brad dock and his officers behaved with the utmost courage, but the soldiers could not be rallied from their confusion in the face of an unseen enemy. "DEATH WAS LEVELING MY COMPANIONS ON EVERY SIDE" Colonel Orme, who was wounded, wrote of the battle: "The men were so extremely deaf to the exhortation of the General and the officers that they fired away, in the most irregular manner, all their ammuni tion, and then ran off, leaving to the enemy the artillery, ammunition, provisions, and baggage." Only the provincial troops seemed to retain their senses. They knew the Indian method of fighting and each of them fought as the foe fought, from behind trees. Colo nel Washington himself had four bullets through his coat and two horses shot under him; yet he escaped unhurt, "although death was leveling my companions on every side of me." Of the battle he wrote: "We have been beaten, shamefully beaten, by a handful of men, who only in tended to molest and disturb our march. Victory was their smallest expectation.