Battle Of Lake George
The Battle of Lake George was fought on 8 September 1755, in the north of the Province of New York.
The battle was part of a campaign by the British to expel the French from North America in the French and Indian War.
On one side were 1,500 French and Indian troops under the command of the Baron de Dieskau. They were defeated by 1,500 Colonial troops under William Johnson and 200 Mohawks led by a noted war chief, Hendrick Theyanoguin.
Johnson's expedition was better organized than Shirley's, something that did not escape the attention of New France's governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil. He had been primarily been concerned about the extended supply line to the forts on the Ohio, and had sent Baron Dieskau to lead the defenses at Frontenac against Shirley's expected attack. When Johnson was seen as the larger threat, Vaudreuil sent Dieskau to Fort St. Frédéric to meet that threat. Dieskau planned to attack the British encampment at Fort Edward at the upper end of navigation on the Hudson River, but Johnson had strongly fortified it, and Dieskau's Indian support was reluctant to attack. The two forces finally met in the bloody Battle of Lake George between Fort Edward and Fort William Henry. The battle ended inconclusively, with both sides withdrawing from the field. Johnson's advance stopped at Fort William Henry, and the French withdrew to Ticonderoga point, where they began the construction of Fort Carillon (later renamed Fort Ticonderoga after British capture in 1759).