|Captain Robert Stewart at Monongahela.|
In 1755 General Braddock raised a company of “Horse Rangers”, 34 men under Captain Robert Stewart, these became known as the Virginia Light Horse “Every officer sergeant, corporal and private to be armed with a short carbine, case of pistols and a cuttng sword.” (Braddock Orderly Book entries February 28, 1755).
Colonel George Washington wrote to Governor Robert Dinwiddie on October 11, 1755
“3 drunken soldiers of the light-horse, carousing, firing their pistols, and uttering the most unheard-of imprecations” caused a panic among the local populace who mistook them for an Indian raiding party.
|Captain Stewart - One of only five members of his unit to survive the battle.|