Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Edgar Thomson Works, while historical in their own right, are built on the site of an even earlier event--the battle in the French and Indian War in which British general Edward Braddock was mortally wounded. Braddock was carried off the battlefield by George Washington and lingered for four more days. Although I couldn't find out exactly where he died, he was buried near Fort Necessity, in present-day Fayette County. (Now that the weather's nice, I should maybe make an expedition out there soon.) According to the account I read, Washington had him buried under the road, in the hopes that the wagons and horses passing over his grave would obscure it and thus keep it safe from desecration.
This historical marker isn't in the Edgar Thomson Works, but rather on a little historical square a few blocks away. I took several photos there, which you'll be seeing over the next few days.
Posted by JS at 9:53 AM