George Washington / Battle of the Great Meadows 1754

Aug 2006
I have doing a bit of reading into the causes and beginning of the French and Indian War and it has thrown up the following question;

Was the defeat at the Battle of the Great Meadows in 1754 a ‘necessity’ in the making of George Washington?


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
Yes. Prior to Great Meadows Washington was an obscure officer who owed his commission to political influence, not merit. Great Meadows gave him national and even international recognition. It secured him at least one promotion, prominently placed him high up in the Braddock Expedition, and gave Washington command of the Virginia regiment for the rest of the war. By war's end he was the most famous soldier in the colonies. Without Great Meadows, Washington may have remained obscure for the rest of his life.