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1755

In February, English General Edward Braddock arrives in Virginia with two regiments of English troops. General Braddock assumes the post of Commander in Chief of all English forces in America. In April, General Braddock and Lt. Col. George Washington set out with nearly 2000 men to battle the French in the Ohio territory. In July, a force of about 900 French and Indians defeat those English forces. Braddock is mortally wounded. Massachusetts Governor William Shirley then becomes the new Commander in Chief.