Edward Braddock (c.1695-1755) was major-general in the British Army. He was dispatched to America in 1754 to restore and strengthen British positions in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region after the defeat of George Washington at Fort Necessity. Overestimating the abilities of his British regulars, and underestimating the importance of building alliances with the Indians of the Ohio Valley, he suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of the Wilderness (Battle of Monongahela) in July 1755. Braddock was mortally wounded in the battle. This defeat was the first in a series of major military setbacks for the British in 1755.