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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Fort Beausejour June 1755 Part two, the second attack.

This battle in June of 1755 was where a Anglo-American army under General Monckton attacked the French fort of Beasejour on the disputed Acadia-Nova Scotia border. The fort was held by a company of Les Compaigne Franches de La Marine, augmented by MikMaq warriors and impressed Acadian milice.Acadian militiaman, 1755-1760  (
my older children playing on the ruins of Fort Beausejour, October, 2003.
Acadian militiaman, 1755-1760
Not all Acadians were deported in 1755. Some escaped into the wilderness of present-day New Brunswick and from there, staged such a relentless guerrilla-style warfare on British areas that it took great numbers of British and American provincial troops to guard, with variable success, the western borders to Nova Scotia. Following the surrender of the French army in September 1760, the Acadians partisans would not give up to the British and it took French officers to finally convince them to lay down their arms and respect the capitulation. Reconstruction by Derek Fitzjames. (Parks Canada)

Sorry for the enlarged shots, my phone is giving me some grief today with uploads. However, they do give some more detail then usual.) This is the second attempt to game this action, and once again, the Anglo-Americans are driven off.

 The Massachusetts Regiment took the Anglo-American right, with 

 a ranger battalion in support.

 The French defenders inside the fort await the Anglo-American onslaught. 

Close up of a RAFM 8lb gun with a Revell-Germany SYW Austrian Artillery gun crew painted as Cannonier-Bombardier. The MikMaq chief is wearing a French uniform coat given as a present for his assistance to the French.

 The British regiments made up of the 28th, 40th and 45th attempt to break into the fort. The Royal Artillery and Boston Artillery company breached the walls, allowing the composite Grenadier companies from the three British regiments to storm in. They did so, only to be then cut down by concentrated musketry. The hat companies then attempt to break in again.
On the Anglo-American right, the rangers have been driven off by French artillery fire, while the Massachusetts's troops move forward. The French guns are too much for the Anglo-Americans. Having lost most of their artillery to French counter battery fire, and the British assault driven back, the Anglo-Americans withdrawal leaving the French in possession of the fort. The French have held on for now. 

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