A Charming Field for An Encounter 

In the summer of 1754, twenty-two year old George Washington led a force of Virginia and South Carolina troops in an attempt to gain control the strategic forks of the Ohio River where Pittsburgh now stands. After skirmishing with a small French party and killing its leader, Washington fell back to a small fortification named Fort Necessity at the Great Meadows, which he had described as “a charming field for an Encounter.” There, after a brief battle in a driving rain, he was forced to surrender, in what was a very inauspicious beginning to his military career.

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