Friday, July 18, 2014
From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell:
...with a small escort of frontiersmen and friendly Indians, he (George Washington) was to strike north-west from the border mountains for Lake Erie. He carried a formal letter from Dinwiddie to be delivered to the first French officer of authority he found....Washington's starting point was at Wills Creek [north of Fort Cumberland], a tributary of the upper Potomac on the Virginia side of the mountains. ...joined by Christopher Gist, the Ohio Company factor, who had blazed the Nemacolin trail for eighty miles to the Great Crossing of the Youghiogheny. Thence they would have to rely on Indian guides as far as Lake Erie. The season was far advanced for such a journey.