Braddock’s Gold

The infamous tale of Braddock’s Gold seems to attract ghost and treasure hunters alike. During the French and Indian war General Braddock is said to have buried treasure somewhere along his route and to this day people claim to have ideas of where to find it and how his spirit is telling them how to get to it.

Edward Braddock and His Troops

Major General Edward Braddock and his troops were heading to Fort Duquesne (now modern day Pittsburgh, PA), in the early summer of 1755, with a chest of gold and valuables that were suppose to be the payment for his troops. Their journey was not an easy task and dealt with many struggles such as chopping down overgrown plants and vegetation on their path, dealing with local Native American tribes, wild animal attacks, and the excruciating summer heat. There are many rumors as to why they buried their pay such as possibly being attacked, the weight of the treasure, or it was buried during an attack and abandoned. On July 9, 1755, Braddock and his troops fought in the Battle of Monongahela which Braddock was fatally wounded and died July 13, 1755.

Braddocks Ghost

Braddock is believed to haunt a few locations. One spot is his grave that is located in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His other haunts seem to stem from his treasure. People have spotted him all over Allegany County and believe his spirit is somehow connected to his treasure. His spirit has been seen across the mountains and near the historical markers that mark his route. One story even connects him with a mysterious light in an old coal mine near Savage River that is called Braddocks Ghost.

Braddocks Treasure

Despite the obvious possibility that the surviving troops recovered the treasure after the war, people still share stories of where the treasure is located and treasure hunters have been searching ever since. The starting point of the treasure hunt is usually in Cumberland, Maryland. Braddock Road in Cumberland is what used to be the path the troops took. The treasure has been rumored to be near Sugarloaf Mountain and near Frostburg, Maryland. These rumors have been traced back to a reporter for The Cumberland Evening Times who wrote articles in the 1940s and 1950s urging readers to go search for the missing treasure. The report even goes as far as to claim that since Braddock’s troops were mostly Irish that they brought leprechauns from Ireland to guard the hidden treasure. The treasure value today, if ever found, would value to about $750,000.

Resources

Kelly, J. (2014, March 8). Gen. Braddock May Be Long Dead, but Stories of His Exploits – and His Treasure – Live On [Electronic Version]. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/gen-braddock-may-be-long-dead-but-stories-of-his-exploits–and-his-treasure–live-on/2014/03/08/8a70f4b6-a3c1-11e3-84d4-e59b1709222c_story.html

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