Archaeology of British Military Logistics in the French and Indian War

Author(s): Daniel Cassedy

Year: 2017


The Hudson River in upstate New York formed a strategic military corridor between the North American British and French colonies for centuries. In the 1750s, it was the setting for multiple British expeditions moving north to contest the French coming south out of Lake Champlain and Canada. Because the fighting was seasonal, as were the garrisons of the forts and storage depots, the facilities had to be frequently rebuilt, and the entire supply chain had to be renewed annually to move tons of food and weapons by bateaux and ox cart to the front lines. Primary historic documents combined with data from excavations at multiple sites along the river between Albany and Lake Champlain have provided evidence to help recreate and understand this complex logistical supply chain and better illuminate the daily lives and experiences of 18th century soldiers.

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Archaeology of British Military Logistics in the French and Indian War. Daniel Cassedy. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429765)

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min long: -80.815; min lat: 39.3 ; max long: -66.753; max lat: 47.398 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16385