The George Washington Manuscript
Imagine reading a document written in George Washington’s own hand, describing the scene of battle, fought right where you are standing. As you look around, you can see and feel the story unfold before your eyes. History comes to life.
A coalition of French and Indian War sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has acquired an 11-page manuscript, all written in George Washington’s hand in 1786, in which he describes his early military career, including a vivid account of the catastrophic defeat of General Braddock on the 1755 Fort Duquesne expedition. The acquisition of this extraordinary document will ensure that it forever remains part of the southwestern Pennsylvania story, and that you too can experience the power of his words.
The manuscript is owned by Fort Ligonier, where an entire exhibit is on permanent display and you can view a facsimile. The original manuscript is put on view on occasion – contact Fort Ligonier for an exhibition schedule.