Braddock's Tomb

from by Martin Gilmore

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This is a song about Edward Braddock, an English General who was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness (also known as the Battle of the Monongahela) in 1755. It was one of the actions in the French and Indian War. Braddock was in command of all the British troops and was shot while retreating from the French. He ended up dying on the road back to fort Necessity and the commander of the Militia, George Washington, assumed command of the unit and ordered the men to Bury Braddock in the middle of the road and marched the column over the grave to ensure it was not found and the body held for ransom.

It was one of Washington's first very notable and noble acts as a military personality. Braddock's road is still there today.

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Recorded on a 1938 Martin 000-18


Braddock’s Tomb
By: Martin Gilmore (Timtomtodd Music, ASCAP) 2012

Braddock’s in the wilderness
Out on the Duquesne road
Hunting French and Indians
In the valley of the Ohio

Braddock crossed the Shenandoah
The Monongahela too
And on the banks of the Alleghany
A fort came into view

Chorus 1
Oh, Braddock’s tomb
Sous la route au Fort Duquesne
Perdu dans les bruits de pas
Du regiment de Washington

Braddock was a general bold
He wore a coat of red
Regiments of royal’s arms
And militiamen he led

Braddock lost to Contrecoeur
On that fateful day
He caught a bullet in the chest
As he rode away

Chorus 1

Braddock’s men were beaten there
And marched a fast retreat
Braddock drew his final breath
Near Fort Necessity

Washington said to the men
Hide the Grave so it can’t be found
And held for ransom of defiled
Leave no cross or mound

Chorus 1
Washington laid him to rest
Beneath a Pennsylvania road
And marched the troops o’er the grave
So it’s site would not be known

Chorus 1

Chorus 2
Oh Braddock’s Tomb
Beneath the road to Fort Duquesne
Lost beneath the footfalls
Of the regiment of Washinton


from Martin Gilmore and Friends, track released December 13, 2012
Martin Gilmore: Guitar and Vocals



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