The death of young George Washington worsens the situation for the British fighting on the frontier which has many far reaching butterfly effects which change the destiny of the Eastern United States and the whole world.
Braddock's Expedition (French and Indian War)
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Washington's absence means that the Virginian Army is not brought to the level of excellence achieved in OTL. It also means that the "Ohio Country" is not as well defended from the French and Indians. But the biggest change before the cominh American Revolt would occur with Braddock's Expedition.
Braddocks Army built a road and marched toward Ft. Duquesne. As in OTL, disaster strikes. When the French and Indians fall upon the British from the woods, the American soldiers leave the road to engage. The British soldiers stay on the road to fight in the orderly fashion which worked so well in Europe. But America isn't Europe. The soldiers on the road make for easy targets. Worse, the Americans off the road are caught in the cross fire between the French and the British.
In OTL Washington convinced Braddock to send a "Flying Column" forward and they were the first to suffer. In this time-line there is no "Flying Column" and the main body suffers the French attack without any warning. In OTL Washington distinguished himself by taking the desperate situation in hand and leading the British Army in a well executed retreat. But in this time-line Washington is long dead and the British suffer a complete route at Mononghela.
Casualties among the British are higher than in OTL and some very notable persons were present at the battle and could be affected.
- Daniel Boone - He was in the supply train and was very resourceful - Let's say he escapes unscathed.
- Thomas Gage - He barely survived in OTL so let's say that he is killed. In OTL he was lenient with the Indians when he was governor of Montreal and he was relatively lenient with the American rebels when he was governor of Massachusetts. In this time-line, those offices would be held by harsher men.
- Horatio Gates - Let's say he was wounded but not killed. His horse is killed and Gate's hip is crushed when his mount falls. He will still be able to serve in the American Revolution as an able administrator but can not serve as a field commander.
- Daniel Morgan - Killed - the US is shy one more military leader in the coming revolution
- Charles Lee - He was an ensign at the age of 12 and served in several wars in Europe. He survived tough spots before, so let's say he does well in this debacle as well. Lee uses foul language and open threats to get troops into some order and out of harms way. British
looking for any bright spots in the Braddock disaster would point to Lee's leadership - his reputation is increased.
Despite some differences, the Seven Years War finishes up much as in OTL.
Effects on American Revolution
Washington was not an active voice leading to the revolution so his absence will not grossly change the build-up to war. The big change comes when a Commander and Chief must be chosen. There are three likely candidates: Charles Lee, Haratio Gates, and Artemas Ward.
- Lee actively petitioned Congress to be Commander in OTL and many people thought he was superior to Washington in military skill.
- Gates was an excellent administrator and good at logistics but not as well known as a leader-of-men (he also shattered his hip at the alt-Battle of Mononghela).
- Ward was in quite poor health.
So the Commander and Chief of the Continental Army would be General Charles Lee.
Lee was American born, wed a Mohawk woman, fought in several wars back in Europe, and was a hero in the French and Indian War. He was considered a better military thinker than Washington and in OTL the British were more worried (at first) about Lee than Washington. He was also uncouth, a hot head, arrogant, occasionally foolish, and possibly immoral. Some think he betrayed the American cause to the British in OTL.
Where Washington tried to defeat the British in set-piece battles, Lee wanted to engage in guerrilla warfare. Washington often bemoaned the fact that his army was a "rabble in arms", Lee would more likely accept the troops for what they were and plan accordingly.
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