Friday, August 20, 2010

General Phineas Lyman In The French-Indian War

The General Orders of 1757, issued by General Phineas Lyman, two years after Lyman was noted as a hero at the Battle of Lake George (New York), on September 8, 1755, logs the daily events undertaken by soldiers and their commanding officer.

First - The Battle of Lake George:

General Orders of 1757: issued by the Earl of Loudoun and Phineas Lyman In The Campaign Against The French, 1899, (250 copies printed):

From Luke Gridley's diary of 1757:

From The Plains of Abraham by Brian Connell:

He (William Johnson) was met by a tremendous fusillade [in the Battle of Lake George], which decimated the [French] men of the regiments of Languedoc and La Reine. Although his Canadians and Indians fanned out to right and left, they had little stomach for the fight. Johnson was early wounded in the leg and carried back to his tent, but his deputy, Phineas Lyman of Connecticut, darting everywhere unscathed in the heat of battle, animated and encouraged the motley force.

Also in the Battle of Lake George, Baron Dieskau was "shot in the leg, deserted by his men and captured."

In the prelude to the Battle of Lake George, "...(Dieskau) learnt by capturing tow of Johnson's messengers that the colonists had a large force on his flank. Changing the direction of his march, he made across country for the head of Lake George. Indian scouts brought the first news of Dieskau's approach to Johnson. He sent a thousand men out to meet them, but this vanguard was ambushed and the whole fled in panic back to Johnson's lines. In the skirmish Legardeur de St. Pierre, Washington's wary rival two years earlier at Fort Le Boeuf, was killed at the head of his Indians."

For his service in the French-Indian War, Phineas Lyman was awarded land interests in the Natchez, Mississippi, area.

Included in the Journal of Gen. Rufus Putnam is a short bio of Phineas Lyman:

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