Chapter

“Massacre”

Ian K. Steele

in Betrayals

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780195084269
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195084269.003.0024
“Massacre”

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The chapter looks at the events that happened in the dawn of August 9, 1757, with the defense of Fort William Henry suffering from the third battery of the French. General Webb, the British and colonial officer were unanimous in advising Monro to negotiate honorable terms of surrender. The Indians claimed the right to pillage the fort and were told to respect the properties of war which was to be claimed by the Canadian government and the personal effects of the English officers. This proved to be an unwise move as just moments after; cries of “Murder” and “Help” could be heard from within the fort. This is but the start of numerous atrocities which amounted to a massacre after the capture of Fort William Henry.

Keywords: Fort William Henry; General Webb; right to pillage; Murder; massacre; capture

Chapter.  8503 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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