Fall of Fort Frontenac, 26 August 1758

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Fort Frontenac was a key French post on Lake Ontario, guarding the French supply lines along their frontier to Fort Duquesne (modern Pittsbugh). After the disasterous attack on Ticonderoga, Abercromby was looking for some way to gain some success from the year's campaign (French and Indian War). Lieutenant-Colonel John Bradstreet, a native of Maine, had been advocating an attack on Fort Frontenac for some time, and he was now able to persuade Abercromby to give him 3,600 colonial troops to launch the attack. After a journey of 430 miles, including 84 miles of portage, Bradstreet and his troops surprised the 110 strong garrison of Fort Frontenac on 26 August, and taken by surprise, they had no choice but to surrender. The French commander in chief, Louis de Montcalm, saw the fall of Fort Frontenac as serious, and it cut the supply lines to Fort Duquesne, which fell to the British before the end of the year.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (21 November 2000), Fall of Fort Frontenac, 26 August 1758, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_frontenac.html

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