Forts & Battlefields

.Fort Necessity and Braddock’s Grave

(Visited 28 August 2016) A couple decades before the American Revolutionary War, George Washington was an officer fighting with the British during the French & Indian War, known as The Seven Years War in Europe. In the first salvo of that war, Fort Necessity was a hastily-reinforced stockade, surrounded by trenches, to attempt a defense against the French and Indians. Overwhelmed, Washington was forced to surrender and unknowingly signed a confession of the murder of a French officer, which he later denied, explaining he didn’t have an accurate translation of the French document.

Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity

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Later, in a confrontation with the French and Indians attempting to conquer Fort Duquesne, Braddock was wounded and brought back to a safe area. After Braddock died, Washington had his body buried in the road where the British troops would be marching, so Braddock’s remains wouldn’t be desecrated by the enemy. Those remains were discovered in 1804 while work was being done on that portion of “Braddock Road” and moved on the hill where they reside today.

Braddock's Grave

Braddock's Grave
“This monument was erected and dedicated to the memory of MAJOR GENERAL EDWARD BRADDOCK by the Braddock Memorial Park Association of Fayette County, Penna, October 15, 1913.” (Photo by author)
Braddock's Grave
The “road” below where Braddock’s remains now lay, where they were originally buried and found in 1804 (photo by author).

Braddock's Grave

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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park.

(Visited 1 September 2016) Located in Northern Virginia, Manassas was the site of two significant battles in the Civil War. The First Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major battle of the Civil War, 21 July 1861. The next was the Battle of Second Bull Run (or Manassas), 28 August 1862. Like many battles, these took place in the midst of civilian homes and businesses.

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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Spring Hill Farm
Spring Hill Farm or Henry Hill was a home right in the middle of one of the battles.
Spring Hill Farm
Henry Hill

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas Stone House
Stone House which was operating as a tavern during the civil war.
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Stone House which was operating as a tavern during the civil war.
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Stone House which was operating as a tavern during the civil war.
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Stone House which was operating as a tavern during the civil war.

 

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Lucinda Dogan House which was caught in the crossfire of the 2nd battle of Manassas
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Lucinda Dogan House which was caught in the crossfire of the 2nd battle of Manassas
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Lucinda Dogan House which was caught in the crossfire of the 2nd battle of Manassas
Groveton Confederate Cemetery
The Groveton Confederate Cemetery
The Groveton Confederate Cemetery
The Groveton Confederate Cemetery
Stonewall Jackson monument
Stonewall Jackson monument
Unfinished railroad
The unfinished railroad which formed part of Jackson’s defensive line
Brawner Farm
The Brawner Farm saw some of the bloodiest fighting

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park

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