The Siege of Fort Beauséjour, 1755
Chris M. Hand
0-86492-377-5 / $14.95 CDN / $12.95 US pb
In the 18th century, the North American frontier between Great Britain and France lay along the Chignecto Isthmus, a low marshland that joined Nova Scotia to the mainland. By 1750, it was a fortified camp. The English were building Fort Lawrence on one side and the French were constructing Fort Beauséjour on the other. The French boasted that Beauséjour was the third-strongest fort in North America, but it was poorly sited and unfinished. When a combined force of New England volunteers and British regulars took over the fort in June 1755, Beauséjour fell and so did Acadie. This book tells the story of the events leading up to the final clash and gives a running account of the siege itself.
Major Chris Hand is the Canadian Exchange Officer with the British Army at the Land Warfare Centre in Wiltshire, UK.