The Siege of Fort Beausejour, 1755
Description:Format: Trade Paperback ÌÎÌ_? Published: April 2004
Dimensions : 128 Pages, 6 x 8 x 0 in
Published By: Goose Lane Editions
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The British capture of Fort Beausejour was the final act in a long struggle between Britain and France for control of Acadia. In The Siege of Fort Beausejour, 1755, CHRIS M. HAND outlines the events leading up to the siege and gives a running account of the seige itself. By 1750, the present-day New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border was a fortified camp amid the fertile lands that generations of Acadians had farmed. The British held Fort Lawrence, and, in plain view, the French held Fort Beausejour, only three kilometres away. British soldiers traded with Acadians and their Mi'kmaq allies by day and were attacked by them at night. The commanders exchanged wandering livestock and deserters. The French boasted that Beausejour was the third-strongest fort in North America, but it was never completed, and the Acadians working on it demanded payment in British gold. In June, 1755, a combined force of New England volunteers and British regulars captured it after a brief siege. When Beausejour fell, so too did Acadia, and the great expulsions followed soon after. Major CHRIS M. HAND, Royal Canadian Regiment, is currently serving overseas, seconded to the British Army, Warminster, England. The Siege of Fort Beausejour, 1755 is based on his MA thesis in history at the University of New Brunswick. The Siege of Fort Beausejour, 1755 is Volume 3 in the New Brunswick Military Heritage Series. Published in cooperation with the Military and Strategic Studies Program at the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian War Museum, this series is part of the New Brunswick Military Heritage Project.