In May, General Amherst began his preparations for his attack on Montreal, assembling his troops at Albany and Schenectady. Time was lost in providing means of transportation, in accumulating supplies, etc., but Amherst was a safe, undramatic general, deliberate in his movements, and taking no risks which he did not consider absolutely necessary. The route was via Schenectady and Lakes Oneida and Onondaga to Oswego, and thence down the St. Lawrence. But when Amherst reached Oswego he found the arrangements he had ordered not nearly completed, and he was detained there till the second week in August. The force was composed of 10,142 men and officers, not counting a considerable body of Indians. Colonel Haldimand, accompanied by Lieut.-Col. Amherst, a brother of the Commanderin-Chief, led the first division, which left Oswego on August 7th. General Amherst himself left on the 10th, and Brigadier-General Gage followed on the 12th with eight battalions of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut troops. The expedition was guarded by two armed vessels, the Onondaga and the Mohawk, which Amherst had ordered down from Niagara as a defence against two or three armed French ships still at large in the Lake Ontario region.
On the 17th, one of the French vessels was captured after a sharp fight near La Galette, or La Presentation, near the site of the present city of Ogdensburg. A fort and arsenal had been established at La Galette after the capture of Fort Frontenac, and this was also captured. At Isle Royale, near the head of the rapids a little below La Galette, the French had established another post, called Fort Levis, to command the passage of the river. The capture of this fort occupied General Amherst's army seven days, and five more days were employed in repairing it. When the fort fell, some of Amherst's Indian allies wished to plunder the place and massacre the garrison, but this Amherst sternly forbade. His action gave so much offence to his Indians that a large number of them