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THE SOLDIER GOVERNOR   51

to assemble at Isle Perrot, on Lake St. Louis. Pro visions, means of transport, and all other necessary supplies were to be provided, so that a completely equipped force, numbering upwards of 2,200 men, might be ready to begin active operations early in July. The militia were rather more numerous than the regular soldiers, and the Indian auxiliaries furnished over 600 warriors. M. de Callieres, Governor of Montreal, M. de Ramesay, commandant at Three Rivers, and M. de Vaudreuil commanded, respectively, the three corps into which the army was divided. Frontenac himself, although seventy-six years old, accompanied the expedition as Commander-in-Chief. The Indian auxiliaries were led by Maricourt, a younger brother of d'Iberville.

Preceded by a number of canoes and two large bateaux carrying a couple of field-pieces and provisions, the troops left Isle Perrot on July 7th and arrived at Fort Frontenac on the 19th. Thence they crossed Lake Ontario, and landed at the mouth of the Oswego river. The customary difficulties of moving through a wild and marshy country were encountered. The aged governor was carried in a chair, and Callieres, almost as infirm as his chief, rode the only horse which accompanied the expedition, and which had been transported from Montreal on a bateau. The advance towards the Iroquois settlements was conducted with the greatest regularity and precision, one half the force under Callieres and Ramesay following the route of the south bank of the river, and the other, under Frontenac and Vaudreuil, that of the north. On reaching the small stream, through which the water of Lake Oneida empties into the Oswego, the two divisions reunited and marched towards the nearest Onondaga village. The Iroquois, afraid to risk battle, burnt their village with its fort, and withdrew into the recesses of the forest. When the French arrived at the scene of the conflagration, they found the remains of some French captives, who had been killed and mutilated on


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