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Re: Fort William Henry Question
Posted by: James J. Downey (ID *****1164) Date: January 07, 2003 at 14:56:59
In Reply to: Fort William Henry Question by Paula of 182

Dispite the Movie & the Book "The Last of the Mohicans " the massacre did not take place as it was portrayed in the Book or on the screen.
To the east of the Fort there is a small hill, this was the site of the British Entrenched Camp. ( a present day State park)
The Entrenched Camp was where the Provincial Troops and a large part of the British Regulars were during the siege.
( Basically - The Fort itself was manned by the Artillerymen who were working the Cannons, housed the magizines etc...)
The Commanding Officer, ie: Lt. Col. Munro was in the Entrenched camp.
When the British Surrendered, they moved pretty much out of the Fort itself.
(Some of the Wounded men were still in the Fort after the Surrender, and were chopped up pretty bad by the Indians)
The bulk of the British / Provincial Troops were in the Entrenched camp, and due to a situation that was causing some grave concern amongst the British High Command, ie: the French Indians, the British (who at that time were prisoners, and allowed to go to Fort Edward on parole) decided to begin their march to Fort Edward.
It was at that point that the Indians (who had been promised a lot of scalps & plunder) realized that the British were leaving and began to fall upon the British Column as it left the Entrenched camp.
THEREFORE: The Massacre took place on the old Military Road between Fort William Henry's Entrenched Camp and Fort Edward, but not too far distant from the Entrenched Camp.

Hope this helps you out.

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