Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 8, 1758, the bloodiest battle of the French & Indian War took place near Fort Carillon on Lake Champlain. (now known as Fort Ticonderoga)

In the battle, which took place primarily on a rise about three-quarters of a mile from the fort itself, a French army of about 3,600 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery, the lack of which left the British and its allies vulnerable and allowed the French to win a decisive victory. Over 3,000 casualties suffered. French losses were about 400, while more than 2,000 were British.

American historian Lawrence Gipson wrote of Abercrombie's campaign that "no military campaign was ever launched on American soil that involved a greater number of errors of judgment on the part of those in positions of responsibility"

Many military historians have cited the Battle of Carillon as a classic example of tactical military incompetence.

The Victory of Montcalms Troops at Carillon by Henry Alexander Ogden.JPG
"The Victory of Montcalm's Troops at Carillon" by Henry Alexander Ogden

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