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The Virginia Blues

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When:
July 13, 2017 all-day
2017-07-13T00:00:00-04:00
2017-07-14T00:00:00-04:00
Where:
Near Dunbar Camp
660 Camp Carmel Road
Dunbar, PA 15431, 660 Indian Creek Valley Hike-Bike Trail, Dunbar, PA 15431
United States

Who said

Virginia Blues?


Compiled by Jim Moyer 7/18/2017, update 7/22/2017, 7/23/2017, 3/4/2018, 7/13/2018

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General Braddock with the Virginia Blues celebrating the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County Virginia. Copy link to see more: http://frenchandindianwarfoundation.org/event/fairfax-county-va/

What was the myth making machinery saying shortly after news of Braddock’s Death?

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Especially regarding the Virginia Blues?

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From a Founders Online Footnote.

Quote:

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“…he [THE DYING GENERAL BRADDOCK]
woud cry out my dear Blue’s
(which was the Colrs the Virginians wore)
give em tother Fire,
you Fight like Men,
& will die like Shouldiers ;

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The spelling of Shouldiers

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imitation of how that author

actually spoke the word, Soldiers?

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Many abrieviations

are found in letters back then:

Colrs is Colors.

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A standardized dictionary?

Samuel Johnson published a popular and extensive standardized dictionary of spelling in 15 April 1755.  Americanized standard spellings would come much later with Noah Webster.

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Back to our Virginia Blues.

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Quote continues from the same writer, John Bolling, above, referring to Braddock:
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“. .. he lived from Wednesday to Sunday after, & during that time coud not bare the sight of a red Coat, whenever one came in his View, he raved imoderately, but when one of the blues, he said he hop’d to live to reward ’em”

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The Virginia Blues at the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax County Virginia

Quote is from

Chesterfield burgess
John Bolling

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He was not at the battlefield,

He has an interesting family origin.

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He wrote his son Robert in England

13 Aug. 1755,

one month after Braddock died
(Schutz, “Report of Braddock’s Defeat,” 376–77).

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Bolling’s story

of what General Braddock

said and felt

cannot be corroborated,

but clearly

reference to the

 Virginia “blues”

is widespread in the colony.

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Tony Elar Jr. with spontaneous impromptu crayon at VA Beer Museum in Front Royal 7/21/2017 draws the Blues ….the Virginia Blues.

So too did  John Martin

mention the Virginia Blues

in his letter to GW:

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The Under Sherif of this County

Carries Down three Deserters

which were taken up here

and as they are of our Brave Blues,1 

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I most Earnestly Intreat your Interest

in Procuring a Pardon for them.

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Smith has a Sweetheart & 2 Children here & Barker a Wife which I Presume were the Loadstones that Attracted them. 

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Source:

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0004#GEWN-02-02-02-0004-fn-0001-ptr

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Behaved Like Men

Died Like Soldiers


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Kevin O’Malley draws this picture in July 2017 to show the dying General Braddock carried on his Sash used as a stretcher.

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Bolling’s phrase of

you Fight like Men, 
& will die like Shouldiers 

appears in 13 August 1755,

while

a similar phrase

appears in GW’s letter

of 18 August 1755.

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GW writes from Fort Cumberland
to Lt Gov Dinwiddie on 18 August 1755,
five days after the above letter.

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Quote:
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‘The Virginian Companies, behavd like Men, and died like Soldiers’

Source: Footnote 4 from …
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0168#GEWN-02-01-02-0168-fn-0003-ptr
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From a Founders Online Footnote.

Quote:

“…he [THE DYING GENERAL BRADDOCK]
woud cry out my dear Blue’s 
(which was the Colrs the Virginians wore) 
give em tother Fire, 
you Fight like Men, 
& will die like Shouldiers; 

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Breeches Red or Blue

in the Braddock Expedition?


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In 1754 the breeches were red.

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And Red breeches is what you see in this portrait of GW years later in 1772.

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We think this is because GW was still actively claiming land promised by Dinwiddie only to the men of 1754, not to the men of 1755.

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After September 1755 the breeches were blue.

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GW orders on September 17, 1755, 

a Suit of Regimentals of good blue Cloath, the Coat to be faced and cuffed with Scarlet, and trimmed with Silver: a Scarlet waistcoat, with silver Lace, blue Breeches, and a silver-laced Hat.”

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Breeches Red or Blue in the Braddock Expedition?

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Footnote in Founders Online states:

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The Virginia troops under Braddock
wore the standard provincial uniform
of blue coats with red facings and blue breeches.
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Source of  text above:
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-02-02-0004#GEWN-02-02-02-0004-fn-0001

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See first portrait of George Washington in this link and scroll down to the uniforms section.

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February 19, 1754 Proclamation

GW was still actively claiming land promised by Dinwiddie only to the men of 1754, not to the men of 1755.

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That promise was only to those who served on that mission (Jumonville and Fort Necessity battle)  in 1754.

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1754 Proclamation

http://www.sos.ky.gov/admin/land/resources/legislation/Documents/Proclamation%20of%201754.pdf

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More context on the February 19, 1754 Proclamation

http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-01-02-0031#GEWN-02-01-02-0031-fn-0012

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Other Links for followup


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RUMOR OF GW DEAD

And much like Mark Twain many years later,

news of George Washington’s demise was greatly exaggerated:

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As I have heard since my arrivl at this place, a circumstantial acct of my death and dying Speech, I take this early oppertunity of contradicting , , and of assuring you that , I ⟨ illegible ⟩ of the livg by the miraculous care of,I have not, as yet, composed the latter. But by the all powerful dispensatns of,  Providence, ,I have been,  beyond all human probability & expectation for I had 4 Bullets through my Coat, and two Horses shot under me yet although death was levelling my companions on every side of me escaped unhurt.

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1. GW had arrived at Fort Cumberland the previous day.
2. The illegible portion may read: “am still in the land.”
3. GW reached Mount Vernon on Saturday, 26 July.

Source:
https://founders.archives.gov/?q=Date%3A1755-07-18&s=1111311111&r=3
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STORY OF SURVIVOR AT RETIREMENT AGE

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Anecdote of General Gates, extracted from the genuine letter of an officer
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The Gentleman’s and London Magazine: Or Monthly Chronologer, 1741-1794
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https://books.google.com/books?id=QvoRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA3&lpg=PA3&dq=was+Braddok%27s+gold+in+pound+sterling?&source=bl&ots=b6ADK_YN2D&sig=fBnmD4iS6mrwtupXcLHH4rNbi2I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDhtnh9IPVAhVDdz4KHY4tCSAQ6AEIRDAD#v=onepage&q=was%20Braddok’s%20gold%20in%20pound%20sterling%3F&f=false

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Braddock Died and Buried

July 13, 1755


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Founders Online footnote:

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[Braddock]  died

at a camp near

the Great Meadows

on the evening of 13 July

and was buried nearby.

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We Buried him,” one soldier wrote,

“in two Blankits in the high Road

that was cut for the Wagons,

that all the Wagons might

March Over him

and the Army [also] to hinder

any Suspision of the French Indiens.

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For if they thought he was Buried their, they would take him up and Scalp him”

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(“The Journal of Captain Robert Cholmley’s Batman,” in Hamilton, Braddock’s Defeat, 32).

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GW later recalled

that he had responsibility

for choosing the grave site

and seeing that the general

was properly buried.

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(GW Biographical Memorandum, c.1786, ViMtvL, photostat).

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TOUR OF THE SITES OF THE BRADDOCK EXPEDITION

https://pastinthepresent.wordpress.com/2013/08/

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compiled before the Patriots Day event in Middletown VA on Saturday 7/22/2017

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Middletown VA Patriots Pride Day

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