Lake George, March 1757

The British and the French, who have been playing cat and mouse all winter, finally encounter each other in March, a few days after St. Patrick’s Day, on the shores of Lake George.

Captured spies put both forces on high alert.

. . .  during the night between the eighteenth and the nineteenth . . .  towards one in the morning, the British heard a sound of axes far down the lake, followed by the faint glow of a distant fire. The inference was plain, that an enemy was there, and that the necessity of warming himself had overcome his caution. Then all was still for some two hours, when, listening in the pitchy darkness, the watchers heard the footsteps of a great body of men approaching on the ice, which at the time was bare of snow. The garrison were at their posts, and all the cannon on the side towards the lake vomited grape and round-shot in the direction of the sound, which thereafter was heard no more.

Montcalm and Wolfe, by Francis Parkman, pp. 310 – 311

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