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Braddock Trail Chapter, NSDAR
200 South Church Street
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666


Braddock Trail

Indians marked out the old roads of Westmoreland County long before the white man arrived. There seems to be an instinct in man to follow the setting sun in his journeys, and the Native Americans were no exception to mankind in general in this matter. They had well-defined footpaths and trails that they traveled in going from one hunting ground to another, and on their long journeys, history tells us "they followed each other Indian Fashion."

When the distinguished English General Edward Braddock was sent over from England with three thousand regular troops to seize Fort Duquesne, he invited Major George Washington, a young Virginian, to join the projected expedition and give advice as to the route. Washington selected the Nemacolin Trail as the most direct route to pursue, and directed his forces as if on parade, with drums beating and colors flying. This Trail goes directly through what is now the Borough of Mount Pleasant, following present-day Eagle Street from North to South. Today the trail is commonly referred to as "The Braddock Trail." At the intersection of Braddock Trail (Eagle Street) with Main Street, a granite boulder bears a bronze tablet with the inscription, "General Edward Braddock and his Army crossed the Pittsburgh and Mount Pleasant Pike at this point, July 3, 1775."

General Edward Braddock was badly defeated on this Trail at the Battle of Monongahela, and while in the act of giving orders, he received a mortal wound, the ball passing through his right arm into his lungs. Falling from his horse, he lay helpless on the ground, surrounded by the dead, abandoned by the living. The only allusion he made to the fate of the battle was a softly murmured, "Who would have thought it?" Never giving up, his parting words were, "We shall better know how to deal with them another time." General Braddock is buried on the Braddock Trail, near Fort Necessity, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and his grave is beautifully marked with a huge granite monument.