Montcalm’s Crushing Blow: French and Indian Raids along New by Rene Chartrand

By Rene Chartrand

В 1755 году соперничество между Великобританией и Францией в Северной Америке перерасти в открытую войну

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Watercolor by Eugène Lelièpvre. com The Plan Fusiliers of the La Reine and Languedoc regiments, 1755–57. (Watercolor by Eugène Lelièpvre. Collection and photo: National Historic Sites, Parks Canada) decided the enemy would most likely come from Lake George or from Oswego, and this was confirmed by the intelligence they were receiving. Thus the newly arrived Royal-Roussillon battalion was sent to reinforce Ticonderoga, while La Sarre went to Fort Frontenac. The question was now where to attack the Anglo-Americans.

Not only did this provide an excuse of sorts for defeat, but it also made wonderful propaganda to mobilize the outraged and encourage bloody revenge. This sort of account is questionable in the case of Fort Bull, as the six warriors present would have been very busy indeed if they were to scalp and massacre the whole garrison before the fort blew up. ” The part about bodies being “most inhumanly butchered & all scalped” should not have surprised Johnson, the British superintendent of Indians, who lived amongst the redoubtable Iroquois and would know the more questionable aspects of their rituals, so he most probably reported it for its potential propaganda value, knowing full well that warriors allied to the British had similar practices.

The French counted a total of 1,742 prisoners of war when naval personnel, laborers, non-combatants and casualties were added. 1755. Schuyler (1710–62) was one of the most experienced American officers, having previously commanded the New Jersey provincial troops mobilized in 1746–47. In 1755, he was again appointed to command the New Jersey provincial regiment – nicknamed the “New Jersey Blues” because of its dark blue uniform – and came to Oswego in 1756 with part of his unit, the rest of it being posted in small forts at the Oneida Carry and along the Mohawk River.

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