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Braddock's Defeat

The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution

David L. Preston

04 January 2018

ISBN: 9780190658519

480 pages

Pivotal Moments in American History

Price: £11.99



An account of the July 1755 defeat of British troops to French and Native American forces at the Battle of the Monongahela, testing ground for the American Revolution

  • Focuses on a unique set of characters—including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin—who cast particularly long shadows over the late 18th century
  • Presents the fullest account of French and Indian perspectives of the campaign
  • Offers an abundance of new evidence on Braddock's Expedition, including three new manuscript discoveries
  • Aided by extensive fieldwork on the campaign's geography and terrain
  • Great battle history

About the Author(s)

David L. Preston, Assistant Professor of History, The Citadel

David L. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at the Citadel. He is the author of The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Myth and History of Braddock's Defeat
    1: Paths to the Monongahela
    2: Braddock Americanus
    3: Confrontations
    4: Beaujeu's Convoy
    5: Braddock's March
    6: Braddock's Defeat
    7: Consequences
    Epilogue: Revolutionary Echoes


"Having uncovered extensive new primary materials about the campaign, Prof. Preston (The Citadel) gives us what is certainly the most comprehensive and insightful treatment of the British disaster in the wilds of Pennsylvania in the summer of 1755... This is a major contribution to the history of colonial wars in North America." - NYMAS Review

"Unsurprisingly, given its dramatic narrative, this ill-fated campaign has attracted the attention of many fine historians, yet none of them has explored it so thoughtfully and compellingly as David Preston. His "Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution" is distinguished not simply by his refusal to accept traditional interpretations but by his readiness to consider the perspectives of all the protagonists: British, colonial American, French-Canadian and, not least, Indian." - Stephen Brumwell, The Wall Street Journal

"A vivid, sweeping account of a battle with singular impact on American history. The brilliant scholarship behind Braddock's Defeat is exceeded only by David L. Preston's storytelling verve." - Rick Atkinson, author of THE LIBERATION TRILOGY

"Preston has investigated this important, though somewhat obscure, event in American history and penned an absorbing account rich in details, logical in its conclusions and written with great narrative drive. This is definitely in the "Good Read" category." - The Post and Courier

"“With impressive research, new evidence, and close attention to terrain as well as to tactics, David Preston dismantles old stereotypes and provides a fuller understanding of the British, French, and Indian participants in the conflict. A compelling account that will surely become the definitive study of this pivotal battle.” -Colin G. Calloway, John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, author of The Victory with No Name"

"This compelling and meticulous book revisits the opening shots of a war that would not end until French defeat at Waterloo, and a war that also planted the seeds of American revolution. BRADDOCK'S DEFEAT is an invaluable addition to any library of military history." " - Bernard Cornwell, author of WATERLOO: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

"David Preston has offered what will probably be the final word on one of the most important battles in North American history. This engaging, thorough book debunks timeworn myths about Edward Braddock and his soldiers while affording their French and American Indian foes long overdue attention and credit for what was their victory more than “Braddock's Defeat.” A vital contribution and singular scholarly achievement." " - John W. Hall, Ambrose-Hesseltine Chair in U.S. Military History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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