11 August 1754

GW was in Alexandria, Va. recruiting troops and preparing to leave for his next campaign to Wills Creek, Pennsylvania/Maryland.

On this day, he wrote a lengthy letter to William Fairfax. GW first provided a transcript of a letter he received from Va. Lt. Gov. Robert Dinwiddie a few days prior. The transcript contained instructions for GW to raise additional troops and lead his regiment against the French at Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania. GW explained to Fairfax that he believed the governor’s orders were impractical due to lack of manpower, supplies and morale, as well as bad weather.

Col. James Innes also wrote to GW this day about his own war efforts and stated he would soon be on his way to Wills Creek, Md. and hoped to see GW there soon.


11 August 1754