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George Washington on horse, soldiers fighting during the battle of the Monongahela, 1755.
(the battle of the Monongahela)1755

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16岁时,华盛顿即帮忙裴尔费克斯勋爵 (Lord Fairfax) 测量及划分其所属土地,裴尔费克斯勋爵的土地分布在弗吉尼亚北部及谢南多厄河谷 (Shenandoah Valley) ,占地超过五百万英亩。做了几年的测量工作,他于1754年受任成为中校 (Lieutenant Colonel) 并参加法印战争。1755年时,身任副官并听命于英国将军布雷多克 (Edward Braddock) 的华盛顿,79日参加了一场位于宾夕法尼亚州、英国想要 攻下杜根 (Fort Duquesne) 的战役,而这场战役改变了他的一生。


At 16, Washington helped survey and plot the lands of Lord Fairfax, who owned more than 5 million acres in northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. After surveying for a few years, he was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel in 1754 and fought in the French and Indian War. In 1755, he was serving as an aide to British General Edward Braddock at a fateful battle in Pennsylvania on July 9. That day the British made an attempt to capture Fort Duquesne.

George Washington had been sick during most of the month of June but he insisted on joining the battle. The British suffered a terrible defeat that day. Out of 1,459 soldiers, almost 1,000 were killed or wounded. The French and their Indian allies routed the British who were not accustomed to the guerrilla warfare style of combat. General Braddock was killed, and Washington had to help lead the Virginians and British in retreat to safety. Do you think this experience was frightening to the young cavalry officer?

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