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Betrayals: Fort William Henry and the "Massacre"

Ian K. Steele

Abstract

On the morning of August 9, 1757, British and colonial officers defending the besieged Fort William Henry surrendered to French forces, accepting the generous “parole of honor” offered by General Montcalm. As the column of British and colonials marched with their families and servants to Fort Edward some miles south, they were set upon by the Indian allies of the French. The resulting “massacre,” thought to be one of the bloodiest days of the French and Indian War, became forever ingrained in American myth by James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel The Last of the Mohicans. This book gives us th ... More

Keywords: Fort William Henry, parole of honor, General Montcalm, colonials, massacre, French and Indian War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780195084269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195084269.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian K. Steele, author
University of Western Ontario

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