Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society Volume 21

Publications of the Buffalo Historical Society Volume 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ... the outlet and communication of the Upper Lakes with the Lower, and of all this vast country through which runs the Ohio and Mississippi. This," adds Montresor, referring to Fort Niagara, " has always been a famous marketplace for trade with the savages." He had never been to the Niagara (where his son, Captain John Montresor, was destined a few years later, to render to his King important service); but his plan, as laid before Amherst, showed a capable grasp of the strategic elements of the problem. That the French were expecting aggressive action, by their enemy, early in the season, is shown by various orders of Vaudreuil and Montcalm. A "Precis of proposed operations," unsigned, but dated Montreal, April 1, 1759, contains these directions: De Lignery was to stay at Fort Machault, to keep the enemy from advancing to Lake Erie; Presqu' Isle was to be made a base; Detroit and the Illinois posts were to'send there all the provisions they could gather. In the autumn of 1758 orders had been sent out that Presqu' Isle should be the rendezvous for French and Canadian forces from all the Western posts. The Ohio valley and Illinois Indians were to be gathered at Fort Machault. The tribes north of Lake Erie, the Mississagas, Ottawas and Hurons, were to resort to Toronto, and come to the aid of Niagara if it were besieged. By April, the two vessels which the French were building at Point au Baril were well towards completion; each was to carry ten 12's, 25 soldiers of the Marine and 25 Canadians; and their commanders had particular orders, in case of storm or attack, to burn or sink them, sooner than yield.18 That their end was not so gallant as this might indicate, the sequel will show. With many fine more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236794249
  • 9781236794246