French and Indian War (1755-1763)

The French and Indian War 1753 to 1765

1753 – George Washington Travels to Fort LeBoeuf to deliver a message asking the French to leave the Ohio River Valley. He returns to Williamsburg, Virginia, with the French reply. They refused to leave.

1754 – In the Spring, the French built Fort Duquene at the Forks of the Ohio, where the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers meet. At the end of May, in the same year, Lieutenant Colonel Washington is involved in a skirmish with the French, during which the first shots of the French and Indian War were fired. Washington and his troops built Fort Necessity at Great Meadows, in Pennsylvania. In July, the French attacked at Fort Necessity and forced Washington to surrender. It was the only time in his life that Washington surrendered his army. Shortly afterward, Washington resigned from the military rather than accept a lower rank.

1755 – George Washington volunteers to serve as a aide to British General Edward Braddock. Braddock traveled to America to force the French from the Ohio River Valley. Though the campaign failed, Washington survied and was hailed as a hero. At the Battle of Monongahela, Washington had four bullets shot through his coat and yet he was not hurt. With so many officers injured during the battle, Washington was instrumental in carrying out Braddock’s order of retreat. Shortly afterward, Washington is put in charge of Virginia’s forces trying to defend the Virginia Frontier from the raiding French and Indians