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Juha Helin
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It was a time for Wilderness War Annus Mirabellis scenario.

Dice gave me French - I don't really mind either way, both sides have their individual challenges and fun.

Initially French got going in the indian tribes recruitment front, built Fort to Oswego and then I got some more indians from the Oneida region. Because of the abundance, many were sent to the enemy frontiers for raiding duty even though the Bristish had blockhouses for the whole first year. Some succeeded, some didn't but few VP's seldom hurt. Indian reinforcements also swelled the regularly ill manned garrisons in the Ohio Forks and that almost never hurt.

British advanced initially from two sides, against Oswego through Oneida Carry and then again against Ohio Forks but also seemed to keep doorway open for Luisbourg. By shifting Montcalm around with limited forces, British advance stopped momentarily but it took a long while before actual military conflict occurred. First one happened in Ohio beating standing British army in the mountain region of Monongahela. Achieved that, Montclam retraced his steps burning stockades in his wake. Time for winter quarters.

Then, all sudden British pulled out majority of the regular forces and deployed them to Halifax. That could of course mean only one thing, and one thing alone. Louisbourg was in danger.

Next year Forbes, in absence of Wolfe decided to tackle the problem of Luisbourg. French got the latest (and last) batch of new recruits from the continent, and decided that Luisbourg garrison stays in with Drucour - there was a slim chance that he'd be able to beat the assault (plan to defend the fortress was helped by having Coehorns at hand). Forbes started the task, but while Loudoun and Abercromby ordered Johnson carry furniture and modest time pieces back and forth Oneida region it became quite evident that while Forbes may be a good man dealing with wilderness road building, he really is not the man to send for the walls.

It took a long while and even then, he failed. Miserably. French garrison watched in awe how British invested over and over again in the siege - and at lesuire then repaired the bastion when some effect was made.

Meanwhile indians from all over the place caused havoc among the British colonies and carried booty with them to the wild. It is amazing that colonial assembly remained supportive to the British cause the whole short war.

While Luisbourgh British were busy drinking tea and eating cooki... I mean biscuits, Vadreuil demanded that he would be the man in charge for the final death blow to the British in their Oneida campaign. Levis went for rescue and took over the operations. As a result, Johnson, his two indians and regulars were eliminated along with the Oneida Carry fort.

Three seasons in, capture of the Oneida Carry fort ended the British attempt to force French into submission and rest of the British forces among with their colonial policies retreated back to their little island to regulate the price of tea.
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tico wrote:


While Luisbourgh British were busy drinking tea and eating cookies,


FYI, that's 'biscuits', not 'cookies'.

And given the time of year, you should remember that the British do actually celebrate Thanksgiving...... every Fourth of July...
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cstimpson wrote:
FYI, that's 'biscuits', not 'cookies'.


Oh bugger. Got me there! Had to correct that.

cstimpson wrote:
Thanksgiving...... every Fourth of July...


 
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