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66   MILITARY HISTORY OF CANADA

towards Lake Champlain, but to strengthen his camp and await the course of events.

General Dieskau's force amounted to 3,000 men, composed of 700 regulars of the regiments Languedoc and La Reine, 1,500 Canadian militia, and 800 Indians, of whom nearly one half were converted Iroquois from Caughnawaga and the Lake of Two Mountains. Dieskau resolved to take Fort Lyman by surprise, before its defences could be strengthened, and moved forward from Crown Point with half of his army on September 3rd. On the 7th, when within a few miles of the English fort, the Caughnawaga Indians refused to proceed farther. At the same moment, a scout brought word of the approach of a corps of over 1,000 men, detached by General Johnson from his camp to succour Fort Lyman. Dieskau thereupon placed his men in concealment in the forest and awaited the unsuspecting enemy, hoping to attack them on the flank and in the rear. His Indians prevented the complete success of his plan by appearing prematurely, their action being due to their reluctance to fight against their own kindred who were serving in Johnson's army.

The English column, however, fell into the ambuscades and after a sharp fight retired upon their camp at the lake, followed by Dieskau, who now resolved to bring on a general engagement with the whole of Johnson's army. General Johnson had, in the meantime, intrenched his position, and protected it by felling trees to form a breast-work. Dieskau's Caughnawaga Indians hung back, and the French Canadians also were intimidated by the unexpected strength of Johnson's position, so that it was left for the regulars and a few Abnaki to face the fire of the enemy. In the conflict, which lasted several hours, the French regulars were badly cut up, and the English finally came out from behind their breast-works and drove off their besiegers with great slaughter. The defeated troops in their flight encountered another body of New England militia hastening to Johnson's assistance. Another fight took place, which ended in


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