Bloody Pond

The final chapter of the Battle of Lake George played out right here, where the bodies of French soldiers were left lying in a pool of water.

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Following Baron de Dieskau’s success at the Battle of the Bloody Morning Scout, (see William’s Monument) the French commander rallied his troops for an attack on William Johnson’s camp on Lake George.

Johnson was prepared for the attack and clogged the road to his camp. When the French arrived he poured cannon fire upon them. Baron Diskeau was mortally wounded during the onslaught, and the attack was abandoned.

The French soldiers began to retreat, but the British commander at Fort Lyman saw the smoke from the battle in the distance and sent out Provincial soldiers to investigate. At first they captured the enemy’s baggage. Then they fell in with the remainder of Diskeau’s force retreating from Lake George.

The Provincial soldiers were posted among the trees and as the enemy approached they poured fire upon them. He continued the attack until dark, killing many and taking some prisoner.

The bodies of the French troops who were killed in this engagement were thrown into the pool that became known as Bloody Pond. But is this site the actual site of the Battle? Some historians say no.

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