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Sandy Creek Expedition

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Compiled and written by Jim Moyer 2015, updated 1/2/2017, 1/19/2019

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TIME LINE


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The Sandy Creek Expedition begins February 1756. See time line events below .

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See bio on Andrew Lewis, leader of the expedition

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See Map link on path of the Sandy Creek Expedition

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December 27, 1755


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Andrew Lewis appointed to assemble the Sandy Creek Expedition

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To Major Andrew Lewis, of the Virginia Regiment.

[Winchester, 27 December 1755]

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In pursuance of Commands from the Governor to me,

you are hereby ordered to proceed to Augusta,

and there to take upon you

the command of Captain Hogg’s Company;

three Companies of Rangers,

and such Cherokee Indians as you shall find there;

and march them to such place or places,

and obey such order or orders,

as the Governor shall direct.1

Given under my Hand &c.

at Winchester, December 27th 1755.

G:W.

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Founders Online Footnote:

1Andrew Lewis arrived at Fort Frederick [not the one in Maryland] on the New River in February to take command of the Sandy Creek expedition. See Dinwiddie to GW, 14 Dec. 1755, n.8, for a description of the expedition.

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Source:

http://founders.archives.gov/?q=Date%3A1755-12-27&s=1111311111&r=3

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January 13, 1756


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Colonel George Washington is not confident of success for this mission:

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Majr Lewis being at Winchester when your Letter came to hand was immediately dispatchd to Augusta to take upon him the command of the Troops destin’d against the Shawnesse Town with orders to follow such directions as he shoud receive from you.1 this scheme thô I am apprehensive will prove abortive as we are told that those Indians are removd up the River—into the Neighbourhood of Du-quisne.

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GW mentions method of indian fighting and the fort building:

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I have given all necessary orders for traing the Men to a proper use of their Arms—and the method of Indn Fighting and hope in a little time to make them expert. and I shoud be glad to have your honours express Commands either to prepare for taking the Field—or guarding our Frontiers in the spring—because the steps for these two are very different—I have already built two Forts on Patterson’s Creek (which has engag’d the chief of the Inhabitants to return to their Plantns) and have now order’d Captn Waggoner with 60 Men to build and Garrison two other’s (on places I have pointed out high up) on the South branch

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https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0290#GEWN-02-02-02-0290-fn-0001

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LINKS

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West Virginia Encyclopedia on Sandy Creek Expedition

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