Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cowardly Webb's letter to Lt Colonel Munro and the fate of Webb's messenger.

General Webb acting on false intelligence from a captured Canadian Lt. Jacques Vaudry of inflated numbers of the French army besieging Fort William Henry. General Webb had his aide de camp George Bartman write to Lt Colonel Munro, that he should "make the best terms left in your power." Bartman gave this letter sewn into a jacket to a Sergeant Israel Calkins who was an officer in Captain Preston Company, of the Connecticut provincials. SGT Calkins was joined by two other men* to deliver this message to Lt Colonel Munro. They left Fort Edward and moved north up the trail to Fort William Henry. The three soldiers probably knew it would be very unlikely they would reach the Fort/Entrenched camp safely. I am sure they hoped they would be as lucky as Munro's rangers that delivered the letter to Webb the day before, but it just so happens Sgt Israel Calkins luck had run out...

 *The other two men's names remain unknown at this time

                                     Connecticut Provincial Officer 1750's
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 Kanectagon a Iroquois warchief looking to increase his already grand reputation, as a warrior, he decided he would go alone to capture an Englishmen. Kanectagon left on August 3rd to waylay the road between Fort Edward and Fort William Henry. I am guessing here as to what transpired, When Kanectagon ambushed the three Connecticut provincials, the provincials where probably traveling Indian style one behind the other in a straight line. Kanectagon probably fired on the first or second man killing him (a Conn. private name unknown). The Connecticut provincial in the rear of the party probably took off after either hearing the shot or the war whoop that the Indians typically yell when attacking an enemy. Kanectagon then probably chased down Sgt. Calkins, capturing him, he took off all clothes from the waist up as was customary when Indians captured an enemy. He bound Sgt. Calkins hands tightly, he most likely had to watch in horror, as Kanectagon scalped the murdered private, and took his clothes. Kanectagon returned to the French Camp in triumphant on Aug 5th, 1757 and delivered the prisoner, Sgt. Israel Calkins, and the jackets in which Webb's letter to Munro was found sewn in the lining of Sgt. Calkins jacket, to General Montcalm. Montcalm after reading this letter took full advantage of it by, speeding up his siege works, batteries, and delivered the captured letter to the English at just right time, totally destroying the already shaky British morale. Lt Col Munro soon accepted terms of surrender which we all know Montcalm granted Munro very good terms but the gentlemanly gesture was spoiled by the Indians.

Kenectagon yells fierce Indian war whoop from the dark forest and fires on the second provincial.



 The panicked Sgt Israel Calkins is quickly disarmed and captured by Kenectagon and he watches in horror as Kenectagon took his fellow Connecticut provincial scalp.





The Third Connecticut Provincial retreats back to Fort Edward.



Kenectagon retreats back to the French Camp with two jackets, his prisoner, and a scalp. 

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