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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1754-1764
|Thomas Fitch to William Johnson informing Johnson he has raised five hundred men by order of the Assembly
|22 August 1755
|Fitch, Thomas (1700-1774)
|Correspondence; Military document
|Informs Major General Johnson that he ordered "Raising the five Hundred Men voted by the Assembly of this Colony to Re Enforce the Troops under your Command." Indicates that the Assembly will meet next in Hartford to consider further action. Expects Johnson not to wait for the reinforcements and instead have them meet on the road. Also expects the knowledge of forthcoming support will buoy his men.
|French and Indian War Military History Government and Civics Recruitment
|Fitch, Thomas (1700-1774) Johnson, William (1715-1774)
|French & Indian Wars; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Fitch was the Royal Governor of Connecticut. General Johnson helped formulate British policy toward native peoples at the Albany Congress in 1754 and was made superintendent of Iroquois affairs in 1755. Johnson's 1755 expedition against Crown Point was unsuccessful, but he did defeat the French under Baron Dieskau at Lake George that year and built Fort William Henry.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859