ead of the Bay of Fundy the British had maintained Fort Cumberland from 1755.
In 1776 only a small garrison was there to take care of the public property.
Capt. Jonathan Eddy, a native of Massachusetts, who had lived many years in the vicinity of the fort, believing it might be easily captured, applied to the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts for men and supplies for that purpose.
These were not furnished, and Eddy returned to Nova Scotia, where he raised a few men, and on the night of Nov. 20, 1776, attacked the fort.
Apprised of the movement, the little garrison, prepared, repulsed the assailants.
A British reinforcement soon arrived, and the assarised of the movement, the little garrison, prepared, repulsed the assailants.
A British reinforcement soon arrived, and the assailants fled in haste.
The inhabitants, who had joined the standard of Eddy, soon saw their houses in flames, and then, fearing British vengeance, made their way to New England in a famishing condition.