George Washington in 1757

George Washington was an inexperienced soldier in 1757

George Washington helped fill the Virginia militia quota to serve at Fort Loudoun under the British in 1757

In October 1756, construction began on a fort which the British hoped would secure the trans-Appalachian region during the French and Indian War.  It was named Fort Loudoun, after James Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun.  The fort helped ally the Cherokee tribes to Britain and blocked French penetration into the area from the west.

The garrison, under the command of Captain Raymond Demere, was composed of 90 British regulars and 120 South Carolina militiamen.  On June 30, 1757, a young colonist named George Washington wrote a letter from the fort to Henry Lee, about the need for sending more men to meet the Prince William, Virginia militia quota.

George Washington Letter to Henry Lee

“Fort Loudoun, June 30, 1757

Sir: I have received yours of the 28th. instant, in consequence whereof I have discharged John Wood (who has employed Doctr. Bowles to serve in his room.) I have, also, finding it inconsistent with the interest of the service, discharged John High Werden, who, thro’ age and consequent infirmity, is altogether unfit to undergo the fatigues of a Soldier.

As the number of draughts I have received from your County, is far short of the complement you are to furnish; I recommend it to you (and at the same time flatter

myself you will conform thereto,) to use the most speedy and effectual means of sending your quota; for we stand greatly in need of them. I am, Sir, etc.”

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