THE FOURFOLD PLAN OF ATTACK.
English On hearing of Washington's defeat, the Plans; 1755. British Government did not declare war, but sent to the aid of the colonists Major-General Braddock and two regiments of soldiers. It was decided to attack the French at four different points. One force, led by Braddock himself, was to march into the Ohio valley; two others were to attack the forts at Niagara and on Lake George ; and a fourth was to drive the French from the St. John. But scarcely any part of this plan was successfully carried out. --
General Braddock was a hot-tempered man, and
Braddock. before a sufficient number of horses and waggons could be got together to carry the supplies for the army, he had lost all patience. He would not listen to the warnings of the colonial officers, but pushed forward without proper care, hoping to reach Fort Duquesne before its garrison could be strengthened by the French.
He was close to the fort when he was surprised by a body of Frenchmen and Indians, who, from behind rocks and trees, poured a merciless fire upon his men. At last, in spite of all Braddock could do, they broke their ranks and fled. The general received his death-wound, many of his officers were slain, and a quantity of valuable stores was left on the field. Worst of all, this disaster exposed the frontier settlements of the English to the fury of the Indians.
French France, like England, had sent aid to her
Reinforce- colonies, and the Marquis de Vaudreuil, a
ments. Canadian who had become governor of
Canada, was thus able to send more troops to some im-