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Braddock’s Defeat after Grenadiers March

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When:
July 9, 2017 all-day
2017-07-09T00:00:00-04:00
2017-07-10T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Crossing the Monongahela near Turtle Creek
Braddock
PA 15104
USA

Compiled by Jim Moyer 3/10/2018, updated 3/16-17/2018

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British Grenadier Song Across the Monongahela

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Did the Virginia Blues sing

the Grenadiers’ March

or hum it to themselves

when listening to the Grenadiers

who were singing it

as they crossed the Monongahela

near the mouth of Turtle Creek

930 am July 9 1755  ??

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A living history group, The Virginia Regiment sings this song.

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Cover picture by Robert Griffing shows this scene described by David Preston. The book is by Norman L Baker who focused on showing the actual location of Braddock’s Road.

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By about 930am [July 9, 1755]

Gage was leading the advanced guard

across the Monongahela’s second ford

opposite the mouth of Turtle Creek.

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The fatigue brought on by

early rising and road-building

would be offset by the exhilaration

of the river crossings,

which the men did

to the triumphant strains

of the “Grenadiers March.” .

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End quote.

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Page 220 in the paperback version, Braddock’s Defeat by David Preston​

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Thanks to Tony Elar Jr.​ for providing to our group – Virginia Regiment George Mercer’s Company — the REDCOATS CD.

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Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules
Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these
But of all the world’s great heroes
There’s none that can compare
With a tow, row row row , row row row
To the British Grenadiers

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None of these ancient heroes ne’er saw a cannon ball
Nor knew the force of powder to slay their foes with all
But our brave boys do know it and banish all their fears
Sing tow, row row row , row row row
For the British Grenadiers

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When e’er we are commanded to storm the palisades
Our leaders march with fuses, and we with hand grenades;
We throw them from the glacis about the enemies’ ears
Sing tow, row row row , row row row
For the British Grenadiers

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And when the siege is over, we to the town repair
The townsmen cry ‘Hurrah, boys, here comes a Grenadier’
Here come the Grenadiers, my boys, who know no doubts or fears
Sing tow, row row row , row row row
For the British Grenadiers

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So let us fill a bumper, and drink a health to those
Who carry caps and pouches, and wear the louped clouthes
May they and their commanders live happy all their years
Sing tow, row row row , row row row
For the British Grenadiers

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See the VA Regiment sing this song at their stay at Sky Meadows State Park March 5, 2018

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https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaRegiment/videos/10155493459148940/

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https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaRegiment

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About Turtle Creek, where Braddock’s men cross the Monongahela:

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Turtle Creek is the English translation of the Native American name,[3] naming the area for its abundance of turtles.[4] In 1742, John Fraser and his family established Braddock at the mouth of Turtle Creek as the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains.[5] George Washington visited the area in 1753-1754. It was the site of Braddock’s Defeat on July 9, 1755.

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37501 March 17, 2018 210pm

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