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The French and Indian War

The French and Indian War

Even before America became independent, the students of Columbia College were active in the defense of their nation. King’s College opened its doors in the summer of 1754, and at least three of its first fifteen enrolled students served in the French and Indian War, which started just two years later. Robert Bayard (1754) and James Stevenson (1755) enlisted in the British Army, while James Harris (1755) took to the sea on an armed merchant ship as a privateer. All survived the war.

George Washington was an aide-de-camp to British General Edward Braddock during the march on Fort Duquesne.  - Library of Congress (LC-USZC4-3645 )
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