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    DescriptionThe opening years of the French and Indian War were disastrous for the British. In 1755 General Braddock's troops were routed at the Battle of Monongahela and by the middle of 1756 Fort Oswego on Lake Ontario had fallen. Hindered by quarrelsome provincial councils, incompetent generals, and the redcoats' inability to adapt to wilderness warfare, Britain was losing the war. In 1757 the 35th Regiment of Foot stepped into the breach. A poorly trained assortment of conscripts, old soldiers, and convicted criminals led by Lieutenant Colonel George Monro, the regiment was destined to take center stage in the most controversial event of the war. Fort William Henry on the southern shore of New York's Lake George was a key fortification supporting British interests along the frontier with French America. Monro and his regiment occupied the fort in the spring of 1757 while Britain planned its attack on the key French fortress at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Learning that most of Britain's military resources were allocated to Louisbourg, the French launched a campaign along the weakened frontier. French Commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and his American Indian allies laid siege to Fort William Henry; Monro could not hold out and was forced to surrender. As part of the terms, the British regiment, colonial militia, and their camp followers would be allowed safe passage to nearby Fort Edward. The French watched in horror, however, as their Indian allies attacked the British column after it left the fort, an episode that sparked outrage and changed the tactics of the war. Seen through the eyes of participants such as Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a scholarly young aide-de-camp, Jabez Fitch, an amiable Connecticut sergeant, and Kisensik, a proud Nipissing chief whose father once met Louis XIV in the marbled halls of Versailles, The Siege of Fort William Henry: A Year on the Northeastern Frontier uses contemporary newspaper reports, official documents, private letters, and published memoirs to bring the narrative to life. From Indian councils on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and bustling military camps in northern New York to the narrative's bloody denouement on the shores of Lake George, the reader is immersed in the colorful, yet brutal world of eighteenth-century northeastern America.


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    Title
    The Siege of Fort William Henry
    Subtitle
    A Year in the Old Northwest Frontier
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594161469
    ISBN 10: 1594161461
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    B&T Approval Code: A16220000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036020
    LC classification: E
    Abridged Dewey: 973
    Libri: I-HS
    B&T Approval Code: A44090000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS028000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    DC22: 973.2
    B&T Approval Code: A16504910
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    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, HBWF, 3JF
    DC23: 973.26
    Thema V1.0: NHWR, NHWF, NHK, JWLF
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M, 3ML, 3MLQ
    Illustrations note
    40 b/w illus., maps
    Publisher
    Westholme Publishing, U.S.
    Imprint name
    Westholme Publishing, U.S.
    Publication date
    15 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Yardley
    Author Information
    BEN HUGHES is a lecturer in England. He is the author of "Conquer or Die: Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World "and "They Shall not Pass: The British Battalion at Jarama."