Battle for Fort William – Day 2

British drill in preparation for the return of the Americans.

NWC partners continue to debate their position on whether to fight the Americans on open ground or not.  British regulars, militia and Native warriors stand by, anxiously.

American reinforcements arrive by boat and exchange fire with British on the warf.

photo courtesy FWHP

photo courtesy FWHP

 

photo courtesy FWHP

 

the battle field

The Americans, determined to gain the Fort as their prize, advance onto the field and fire upon the British.

Both side close in on each other quickly, with the British slowly gaining the upper hand.

During the battle, a tent on the British side catches fire, temporarily pushing back the voyageur militia until the fire can be extinguished.

photo courtesy FWHP

 

photo courtesy FWHP

The British dispense with the annoyance of the fire and continue to beat back the American assault.  Eventually the Americans realize their effort is fruitless and they offer their surrender to the British.

photo courtesy FWHP

photo courtesy FWHP

British stand by to ensure the battle is over and their casualties can be collected and brought to the surgeon.

The Americans collect their casualties and leave the field.

photo courtesy FWHP

British camp after the battle.

Cleaning muskets in the Armourer’s shop after the battle.

Still looking for more pictures?  See Day 2 Gallery post.

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