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Collection Reference Number GLC00371
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1754-1764 
Title Secret Instructions to Lieut. Col. Bradstreet
Date 17 March 1756
Author Shirley, William (1694-1771)  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description During the French and Indian War, Lord Stirling (William Alexander) orders Bradstreet to travel to Oswego with supplies, regroup there, then proceed to Fort Frontenac to "bring off, set fire to, or in any manner destroy whatever Vessels and Boats the French have there either built or building" and, if possible, use a surprise attack to capture and destroy the fort. If successful, he is to return with prisoners to Oswego then continue on the Albany to await further instructions. Bradstreet is to abort the attack if he loses the element of surprise of fears losing too many men. Signed by Massachusetts Governor William Shirley. Bradstreet failed to take Fort Frontenac in 1756 but succeeded in 1758.
Subjects French and Indian War  American Indian History  Military History  Transportation  Global History and Civics  France  Fortification  Prisoner of War  
People Shirley, William (1694-1771)  Alexander, William, Lord Stirling (1726-1783)  Bradstreet, John (1714-1774)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme French & Indian Wars; Foreign Affairs; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859