GW was still marching with his men from Wills Creek, Pa./Md. to Redstone Creek in Pa., at which the military was to build a temporary fortification. The colonial troops were widening roads as they traveled, allowing for wagons full of artillery, baggage, and larger concentrations of soldiers to pass more easily. At Redstone Creek, the men were to wait for the proper supplies and support before marching to attack the French fort on the Monongahela.
In this entry of the Contrecoeur Diary, GW met a trader from Allegheny, Pa. who confirmed news that 400 French troops had arrived at the fort and more were expected. They were building strong houses on the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers, but were also “building in the place where the [Ohio] Company had at first intended to build a fort,” at the mouth of Chartiers Creek in western Pennsylvania.