Posted by Cpl. MacWilliam on April 11, 2000 at 18:08:02:
In Reply to: Dumas et les Francais posted by Victoria on April 11, 2000 at 10:03:27:
My dear Victoria,
You have brought to light the dealings of the infamous Dumas who, because of his French "ingenuity" defeated Braddock in 1755. We know the story well, having heard it from Col. Washington, that Virginian who wishes to be considered a British officer.
Dumas took command of the small French force which attacked Braddock on July 9, 1755, when the French leader Beaujeu was killed. Dumas, having more knowledge of the tactics of savages, employed these tactics against the troops of Braddock, posting his small force of French behind trees and picking off our soldiers at leisure.
I have heard the French soldiers refer to Dumas as the Hero of the Monongahela. Braddock was defeated, died and the army of King George retreated to Fort Cumberland.
Such is what I know of Dumas.
Cpl. Malcolm A. MacWilliam, 77th Reg't of Foot, Grenadiers
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