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SNOW falls on Dunbar’s 48th

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When:
April 15, 2017 all-day
2017-04-15T00:00:00-04:00
2017-04-16T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Dowden's Ordinary 1754
Dowden's Ordinary Special Park
Shaws Tavern Ct, Clarksburg, MD 20871
USA

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Braddock Expedition

SNOW falls on Dunbar’s 48th

Dowden’s Ordinary

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SNOWED – its something we try to avoid.

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BIG SNOW on 15 April, 1755

Not like the NO-SNOW of 7 April 2018.

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The Carlyle House celebrated the “Grand Congress” 7 April 2018 with its BIG PLAN of Braddock’s to win ALL OF NORTH AMERICA, gets a surprise …

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Click on this map link

to see where

THE BIG SNOW HIT

Braddock’s men

of Dunbar’s 48th Regiment

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MAP LINK

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https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1trymtX5rGYDjQ_tYJUvv63wqc1M&ll=39.236474999999984%2C-77.277961&z=18

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https://goo.gl/maps/XSX7uVEdKBB2

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Longitude Latitude 39.23647, -77.27796

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OVERVIEW

After leaving Alexandria-Rock Creek area, the Braddock Expedition split up. Peter Halkett’s 44th went on the VA side and Dunbar’s 48th on the MD side, just to make the foraging easier on themselves but it did scare and burden the countryside.

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Photo from Allen Browne’s Blog

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APRIL 15, 1755 AT DOWDEN’S ORDINARY

Dunbar’s 48th Regiment

arrives and stays for a day.
Norman Baker’s Braddock’s Road page 27.

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(Photo from Allen Browne’s Blog, see link )

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And it snows there.

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Quote from David Preston

Page 90, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution By David Lee Preston.
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Dunbar’s March through Maryland offered only a few variations on Halkett’s march through Virginia.
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With Spendelow’s Royal Navy detachment leading the way, the men endured a fifteen mile march on April 14,1755.
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OWEN’S ORDINARY
The dusty road choked the men and sullied uniforms by the time they encamped at Owen’s Ordinary.
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PHOTO of a reconstructed Downden’s Ordinary from DAR, Daughters of American Revolution

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DOWDEN’S ORDINARY
The next day brought a sweltering sixteen mile march to another ordinary – very modest in proportions – that settler Michael Dowden had opened in 1754.
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America’s volatile weather was fully displayed to Dunbar’s men on the night of April 15 at Dowden’s Ordinary.

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( Photo from DAR is in this link )
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SNOW APRIL 15, 1755
That oppressively hot day had given way to powerful thunderstorms and falling temperatures throughout the night; the next morning the soldiers awoke to blizzard-like conditions and more than a foot of snow.
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Cholmley’s servant remembered that the snow was “so Vialent” that they had to clean off the tents sagging under the heavy weight.
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The local weather added to the the sense of strangeness with which British regulars perceived the land.
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One British officer noted that the “thunder and lightning storms were so severe that “all the Elements seem on Fire.”
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The storm halted the advance for an entire day.
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As the men struggled to find shelter and fodder for the horse.
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FLOODED MONOCACY
When Dunbar’s column resumed its march to the Monocacy River on April 17, the men found it flooded from the recent rains and were forced to cross over on a float.
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FREDERICK MD
That evening the British made camp at Frederick, a small town founded only ten years earlier. Whose largely German inhabitants were described as industrious people by Midshiman Gill. Footnote 46.”

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Source Page 90
Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution By David Lee Preston.

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http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/french-indian-war/braddocks-defeat-an-interview-with-david-preston/

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MORE LINKS:

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Photo of Dowden’s Ordinary in this link.

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http://www.threefernsfilms.com/Luxmanor/Luxmanor_History/Colonial_Era.html

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Dowden’s Ordinary Archaeological Site,

MN-CPPC of Montgomery County, Maryland

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http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/neharchaeology/dowdens/history.pdf

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