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Massacre at Fort William Henry
David R. Starbuck

2002 • 152 pp. 83 illus. 7 x 10"
Colonial History / Archaeology / Military History

$18.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-166-6

An archeologist’s lively illustrated portrayal of 18th-century America’s most infamous siege and massacre.

Fort William Henry, located at the south end of Lake George in New York, was the northern-most outpost of British soldiers in the interior of colonial America. This small frontier fort was extemely vulnerable to attack from French and Native American forces. In early August 1757, under the leadership of the Marquis de Montcalm, French forces attacked the fort, and forced a British surrender. Indians attacked retreating British troops on their way to nearby Fort Edward. This attack, known as the “massacre, ” was both memorialized and distorted in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans.

David R. Starbuck, drawing upon his archeological findings at the site of the fort, offers an engaging and sobering corrective to myths generated by popular depictions of this brutal conflict. Set against a visual backdrop of over 80 historical and contemporary views of the site and its artifacts, he interprets the remains of the tools and weapons of the Native Americans who first settled the region as well as subsequent French and British invaders. Like a modern-day forensic detective, Starbuck sets fact against fiction to expose what really happened prior to, during, and after this most infamous colonial battle.

DAVID STARBUCK, author of The Great Warpath: British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point (UPNE, 1999) and numerous articles on archaeological sites across New England, and co-author of A Shaker Family Album: Photographs from the Collection of Canterbury Shaker Village (UPNE, 1998), teaches archeology at Plymouth State College.

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