FEBRUARY 10, 1747


During the North American front of the “War of Austrian Succession,” Grand Pré, Nova Scotia (NS), had been the staging ground for French & Mi’kmaq sieges of Annapolis Royal in 1744 & 1745. After another failed siege in 1746, Massachusetts Governor William Shirley, who then-administered NS, sent New England soldiers to secure Grand Pré. On January 21, 1747, the French, with Maliseet & Mi’kmaq allies, began a 21-day march on snowshoes. On February 10, amidst a blinding snowstorm, the French & Native allies launched a surprise wintertime attack on the New Englanders’ billets killing over 60 men in fierce close-range fighting and capturing the fort at Hortonville & 2 British sloops. The defenders fell back to a stone house. As the New Englanders could not fight their way out & French were unable to storm it, the New Englanders agreed to capitulate under honorable terms. The victory was short-lived. In March, the New Englanders returned and took possession of the stone house. 

  “Acadia, Bk.1, Part 5; Ch. 3, Battle at Grand Pre (1747),” History of Nova Scotia.  Retrieved 7/12/2022, History of Nova Scotia; Acadia, Bk.1, Part 5; Ch. 3, Battle at Grand Pre (1747). (blupete.com)
Art: Charles William Jeffreys (1869-1951), 1/2/1920. Battle of Grand Pre. Public Domain.  

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