May 28th, 1998 a day where almost no important events happened, unless you count me being born or Phil Hartman being killed by his wife as important. However, let us take a journey back about let’s say 244 years, sound good? Now, why is May 28, 1754 important? If you’ve ever taken American history then you should now there was that little thing called the French and Indian War, is it coming back to you now? Okay good, now why is May 28th important to the French and Indian War; quite frankly, it’s not important, at least not to this war. No, May 28th 1754 is important not for the war, but for who fought on this day: Lieutenant Colonel George Washington. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I share a day with our first president, now aren’t I special.
Now, we all know General George Washington, leader of the continental army and the first president of the United States, but do we know Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, member of the British Army and man with no actual combat experience? No, we don’t, well I don’t anyway. So here it goes. On May 28, 1754 Washington, along with 40 colonial troops, were camping near a French garrison when he was ordered to go rescue some Native American allies who were threatened by French forces. Upon arriving to his allies aid, Washington (and his troops) and the Native Americans surrounded the 32 French soldiers and ended up killing 10, wounding 1, and then taking the other 21 prisoner. While this was a victory for the British it was seen as controversial because the French commander supposedly tried to surrender but the leader of the Natives Americans killed him anyway which then lead the other natives to kill 9 more French soldiers. After this incident, Washington resigned his army commission. But why is this battle so important? Well, it helped to give Washington some experience before he returned to military service in aid of the colonies as the leader of the Continental Army in 1775.