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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1754-1764
|Secret Instructions to Lieut. Col. Bradstreet
|17 March 1756
|Shirley, William (1694-1771)
|Correspondence; Military document
|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.
|French and Indian War American Indian History Military History Transportation Global History and Civics France Fortification Prisoner of War
|Shirley, William (1694-1771) Alexander, William, Lord Stirling (1726-1783) Bradstreet, John (1714-1774)
|French & Indian Wars; Foreign Affairs; Native Americans
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859