French and Indian War Notices Abstracted from Colonial Newspapers, Volume 4: September 17, 1759 to December 30, 1760


Packed full of action and drama: soldiers march, ships sail, guns roar; generals fall, villages burn and scalping knives drip with gore. These unaltered newspaper articles consist of letters, reports and perhaps a few exaggerations; still, they represent the type of information that was flowing from the printing presses to the general public. The battle for Quebec on the Plains of Abraham occurred on September 13, 1759, but news traveled slowly and the citizens in Boston waited in suspense until mid-October for confirmation of that British victory. The newspapers continued to feature eyewitness accounts of the battle for months, praising the brave actions of the fighting men and lamenting the deaths of the great rival generals, Wolfe and Montcalm. Another well-known event took place that same September when Robert Rogers and his famous Rangers attacked and demolished the St. Francis Indian village. Although the goal of the expedition was accomplished, French militia, in hot pursuit of the Rangers, forced Rogers to alter his return route. He and his men nearly starved to death during that exhausting journey. While the British were claiming victories in the north, newspapers in Virginia and the Carolinas reported that the Creek and Cherokee Indians were spreading mayhem in the southern colonies. After enduring repeated attempts to assault, burn and bomb Montreal, Governor Vaudreuil agreed to surrender the city, and General Amherst was hailed as the "Conqueror of Canada." The Articles of Capitulation, September 8, 1760, are presented here in their entirety. Although the capital of New France had fallen, the war persisted on the frontier for three more years. Includes a full name index and a map showing "British Colonies and Northern New France, 1750-1760."

Armand Francis Lucier

(1999), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 318 pp.

ISBN: 9780788413780