Siege of Fort William Henry 6 pound Solid Shot

Siege of Fort William Henry 6 pound Solid Shot


Roughly 5.5 pound and 3.5 inches across.  The siege features in the film and book, The Last of the Mohicans.  Foudn in Lake George Village during construction in 1955.   The Siege of Fort William Henry was conducted in August 1757 by French General Louis - Joseph de Montcalm against the British - held Fort William Henry. The fort, located at the southern end of Lake George, on the frontier between the British Province of New York and the French Province of Canada, was garrisoned by a poorly supported force of British regulars and provincial militia led by Lieutenant Colonel George Monro. After several days of bombardment, Monro surrendered to Montcalm, whose force included nearly 2,000 Indians from a large number of tribes. The terms of surrender included the withdrawal of the garrison to Fort Edward, with specific terms that the French military protect the British from the Indians as they withdrew from the area. In one of the most notorious incidents of the French and Indian War, Montcalm's Indian allies violated the agreed terms of surrender and attacked the British column, which had been deprived of ammunition, as it left the fort. They killed and scalped many soldiers, took as captives women, children, servants, and slaves, and slaughtered sick and wounded prisoners. Early accounts of the events called it a massacre and implied that as many as 1,500 people were killed; although it is unlikely more than 200 people (less than 10% of the British fighting strength) was actually killed in the massacre. ex. Dellery/ Historical Shop ex. Oswald


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