victory was so decisive, that the officer and troops
sent by Stanwix
took possession of the French
posts as far as Erie
The success of the English
on Lake Ontario
drew De Levi
, the second in military command in New France, from before Quebec
He ascended beyond the rapids, and endeavored to guard against a descent to Montreal
by occupying the passes of the river near Ogdensburg
The number of men at his disposal was too few to accomplish the object; and Amherst
, whom he detached as successor to Prideaux
, to take possession of the post.
made excuses for neglecting the orders, and whiled away his harvest-time of honor.
Meantime, the commander-in-chief assembled the main army at Lake George
The tranquil temper of Amherst
was never ruffled by collisions with the Americans
; his displeasure, when excited, was concealed under apparent apathy or impenetrable selfcommand.
His judgment was slow, but safe; his mind solid, but never inventive.
Taciturn, and stoical, he displayed respectable abilities as a commander, without fertility of resources, or daring enterprise.
In five British regiments, with the Royal Americans
, he had fifty-seven hundred and fortythree regulars; of provincials and Gage
's light infantry he had nearly as many more.
On the longest day in June, he reached the lake, and, with useless precaution, traced out the ground for a fort, On the twenty-first of July, the invincible flotilla moved in four columns down the water, with artillery, and more than eleven thousand men. On the twenty-second, the army disembarked on the eastern