ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1756
Washington served as a Colonel in the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War with the responsibility of protecting the western frontier. He was based in Winchester, Virginia where his office still stands. It is unlikely that there were any colonials "taking the waters" at the springs at this time.
4/17/56.... letter from John Mercer/ from Jos. Edward's on Great Cacapon.....
"I have engaged one of the country men to go as a pilot to the Warm Springs Mountain and could engage two or three more to go as spies...." PGW3:11
4/17/56.....Washington letter to Mercer/ from Winchester....
"You must endeavor to procure some good woodsmen, well acquainted with the place; and honest people, to send out as spies to the Springs...you are not to delay one minute transmitting me intelligence, if you find the enemy is at the Warm Springs." PGW3:10
4/18/56....Washington letter to Governor Dinwiddie from Winchester....
"Cpl John Mercer, who being with a scouting party of 100 men, has been ordered to search the Warm Springs Mountain where it is lately reported the Indians rendezvous. WGW/S