Wanting to seize the initiative, the British, under Johnson, strike out with forces to garrison Fort Stanwix. Johnson brings along two regular regiments in bateaux up the Mohawk River and reaches the fort. Similarly, Shirley leads the rangers and two militia up the Hudson valley to Fort Edward. The British attempt to recruit the Cayuga in order to push a garrison into Fort Oswego but fail to coerce the natives.
The French erupt from Fort Niagara with Contrecoeur and two regular regiments in an attempt to steal a march on the British and take the ungarrisoned Fort Oswego. Traveling by boat, Contrecoeur reaches the fort and after a skirmish, the French take Oswego. Political Track shifts one in favor of the French.
British roll for activation and get three points. One more militia marches up to Fort Edwards. Leaving Fort Stanwix garrisoned, Johnson departs and heads to the Cayuga settlement. Even with his presence, Johnson cannot persuade the Cayuga to join. In the west, Braddock marches out of Baltimore to Alexandria with two regulars and one militia.
French roll on the activation table and receive no activations. Tuscarora join the French and successfully raid Wilkes Barre. Another Political Track shift for the French.
British choose to automatically activate one force only. With this one activation, Braddock moves his force to Fort Cumberland. Johnson still has no luck in convincing the Cayuga.
French roll on the Activation Table and get four activations. One militia moves by boat from Montreal to Oswegatchie. A second militia moves from Trois Rivieres to Isle aux Noix. Rigaud and one militia move down to Isle aux Noix. The rampaging Tuscarora move on to Easton but fail in successfully raiding the settlement. Finally, one regular is transported by boat from Quebec to Montreal.
British roll for activations and receive two. One activation is spent moving Braddock's force into the wilderness towards Fort Duquesne. The second activation is used to send one militia from Albany to New York City. Johnson still cannot convince the Cayuga to join the British cause.
French roll on the Activation Table receiving three. One point is spent moving the militia in Oswegatchie to Fort Frontenac while a second point is spent sending the Tuscarora natives on a raid to Carlisle. This the natives do successfully. One more Political Track shift in favor of the French. Trying to get the Oneida to ally with the French was a bust.
With Braddock out in the wilderness, his forces must forage. One regular and one militia disappear into the wilderness never to be seen again. Disaster along the Monongahela and history repeats itself.
Thus far, no large actions have occurred but the British have definitely been pushed back on their heels. September will likely see action along the banks of Lake George and Lake Champlain as both forts William-Henry and Carillon become active.