Fort-Necessity

British Defenses
From the earthworks and stream banks behind you, the British fired back at the French and Indians. A steady rain dampened gun powder and fouled muskets. Lying in water filled trenches, the British soldier's ammunition and morale began to dwindle. Casualties mounted. Dozens of wounded were carried or dragged into the stockade. About 30 dead soldier lay in the mud. By late afternoon, the drizzle changed to a downpour. When it stopped, the British feared the worst. With few bayonets to counter a deadly charge from the woods, the British were a great disadvantage. Then about 8 pm, a Frenchman yelled out, not in a battle cry as expected, but asking the British if they wanted to negotiate.
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Fort Ligonier British Defenses

 

Battle of Fort Necessity.

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