“This Tormented Frontier”: Montcalm and Wolfe, p. 248

Tallying up: Thus far, in Montcalm and Wolfe, there have been:

Two battles, both disastrous (for the English). The good news for the English is that summer is over and everyone, even the French and their Indian allies, go home to cool their heels.

But there is no rest for George Washington, 24. Given the deaths of his immediate superiors, he finds himself in the winter of 1755 in charge of the entire western frontier (300-plus miles)

Unlike this current winter in the U.S., it was “piercing cold.”

It’s a momentous winter because, the following May (1756), England finally “openly declares war.” (Self is mighty confused: all those men killed, all that shooting and maneuvering — what was that? Covert ops circa 1755? lol)

Last night, self read Francis Parkman’s accounts of the battles during the summer of 1755. It was such exciting reading. Tonight, alas, it’s significantly less exciting because it’s winter and nothing is happening except that the governor of Pennsylvania is at odds with the Assembly.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.