The French and Indian War (also known as the
Seven Years’ War), was fought between 1754 and 1763.
One of the major battles in the North American campaign
was fought at Fort Carillon, also known as Ticonderoga.
Fort Ticonderoga had been erected by the French
in New York in 1755, on a site which they believed
was the key to the defence of Canada. The fort was
strategically situated to provide control of both
the two-mile portage and the navigation northward
on Lake Champlain. General Montcalm was ordered
to defend it, and the British were determined to
take it by force. Although the British had the superior
numbers, the battle went badly for them because
their commander was killed in a small skirmish with
the French before the battle began. On the 8th of
July 1758, the French forces under the leadership
of General Montcalm defeated a superior British
force led by General Abercrombie.
This is the story of Elijah Estabrooks, a Massachusetts
provincial soldier who fought in that battle. Elijah
kept a journal throughout his military service,
and the purpose of this book is to provide additional
details on the people and places that he wrote about
during this war.