British troops were marching toward Fort Duquesne when they were ambushed by the French and Indians. Not accustomed to fighting unless in an open field, they were being annihilated. Col. George Washington rode back and forth across the battle delivering orders. Gen. Braddock was mortally wounded and every officer on horseback was shot down, except Washington. Writing to his brother this day, July 18, 1755, Washington stated: "By the All-Powerful Dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability ... for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me."