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A prospective view of the battle fought near Lake George, on the 8th of Sepr. 1755, between 2000 English, with 250 Mohawks, under the command of Genl. Johnson : & 2500 French & Indians under the command of Genl. Dieskau in which the English were victorious captivating the French Genl. with a number of his men killing 700 & putting the rest to flight

We Are One" British colonial troops wanted to capture Fort St. Frédéric (Crown Point), a French fortress on Lake Champlain, to gain control of the Lake Champlain corridor. Instead, they claimed victory at Lake George in September 1755. Samuel Blodget, a Massachusetts supplier to the troops, recorded these clashes based on his vantage point and eyewitness accounts. “The First Engagement” depicts the well-trained French troops, with Canadians and Native Americans, ambushing a hastily organized army of British colonists and Native Americans (including Mohawk Chief Hendrick). “The Second Engagement” depicts the failed French attack.

Made in Boston: This unusual plan of the Battle of Lake George was published in London by Thomas Jefferys just months after the events depicted. It is based closely on a plan of similar title engraved in Boston by Thomas Johnston. Cartographic plagiarism was rampant during this era, and though Blodget is credited in the lower-left margin, it is not clear whether Jefferys had obtained his permission to republish the plan. Unlike almost all known examples, this one is remarkable for displaying original color.

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Creator

Blodget, Samuel, 1724-1807

Publisher

Jefferys, Thomas, -1771

Date

1768

Name on Item

Samuel Blodget delin. ; T. Jefferys sculp.

Publisher

T. Jefferys

Scale

Not drawn to scale

Language

English

Location

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Collection (local)

Richard H. Brown Revolutionary War Map Collection at Mount Vernon

Subjects
  • Lake George, Battle of, N.Y., 1755--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
  • Fort William Henry (N.Y.)--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
  • Lake George (N.Y. : Town)--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--Aerial views--Early works to 1800
  • Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)--Maps--Early works to 1800
Places
  • Fort William Henry
  • Hudson River
  • Lake George
  • New York
  • North and Central America
  • United States
  • Warren (county)
Extent

2 views on 1 sheet ; 26 x 51 cm.

Terms and License
  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
Notes
  • Bird's-eye view.
  • Relief shown pictorially.
  • Appears in Jefferys' General topography of North America and the West Indies. London: Printed for Robert Sayer, ... and Thomas Jefferys, 1768.

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