Posted by Rich on November 04, 1997 at 04:28:12:
In Reply to: Montcalm and the massacre posted by Neuromancer on November 03, 1997 at 15:46:44:
Though I agree with the comments above, let me add this ... as for Bougainville, he had already left for parts north at the time of the massacre, thus his role as a propagandist can be supported. Montcalm simply HAD to know a massacre could be imminent! At Oswego basically the same thing happened. Here, the Indians were EXTREMELY restless. Montcalm suggested that Monro delay his departure until the following morning. I feel Montcalm DID want very much to appease his Indian allies. He was to need their services still. He did NOT want a massacre ... so, he allowed, if not encouraged, the Tribes to loot for their expected booty (Remember, the French were being paid for this. What was the Indians' reward for risking their lives?) When it got out of control, he intervened. The mere fact that it DID happen, with all the knowledge Montcalm had at hand, suggests to me that he is not completely faultless here, good reputation not withstanding!
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