This is a tough loss for the French and their war effort as their hold on the Great Lakes is greatly hampered. While still holding onto forts Niagara and Oswego, British forces are tightening the noose with Braddock advancing from the west while Loudoun can threaten from the east. The loss of the fort advances the Political Track one place to the right and back to '0'. Recall that only a short time ago, the Political Track was pegged at '5' in French favor. For the French, the Year 1757 cannot come to a close quick enough.
September 1757 Continued
French roll on the Command Table and receive two activations. Contrecoeur and remnants from the Presque Isle garrison make a path back to the relative safety of Fort Niagara while Rigaud, one regiment of irregulars, and a militia regiment travel to Montreal. All Native warbands disband as winter approaches.
|September 1757 maneuvers|
To avoid taxing limited resources, one regiment of British Regulars marches from Fort Carillon to Fort William-Henry. For attrition, one militia of British militia disbands.
Winter 2 1757
Johnson moves to take up command of Fort Edwards but is yet to reach the comfort of the fort. Winter attrition is harsh. The British lose two regiments of militia (Fort Edwards and Albany) while the French militia in Montreal disbands.
1757 Strategic Phase
For the French only one militia is recruited and Montcalm arrive. Both take up residence in Quebec.
The British begin the 1758 campaigning season by rolling on the Command Table. The British receive three activations. One regiment of Regulars marches off into the wilderness from Fort Carillon. Loudoun sets off from Fort Stanwix to rendezvous with the Regulars marching north. Finally, Amherst with one regiment of Regulars and two regiments of militia march to attack Fort Oswego. Fort Oswego once again finds itself under the gun. If Fort Oswego falls, Fort Niagara will become even more isolated.
|British maneuvers May 1758|
British: Amherst (A3D1), 1 x 5-6 Regular, 2 x 3-5 Militia
French: Drucour (A0D1), 1 x 5-6 Regular