The Conquest

The French Take Fort William Henry

More British Reinforcements

Soldier with regimental colour, régiment de Cambis, circa 1758

Caption: Soldier with regimental colour, régiment de Cambis, circa 1758

Thus the year 1758 saw the British intensify their campaign preparations. Major General James Abercromby succeeded Loudoun as commanderin-chief of the Anglo-American troops, but Loudoun's strategy for the conquest of New France was retained. Louisbourg was to be attacked by General Jeffery Amherst and the Ohio Valley by General John Forbes, while Abercromby was to eliminate the French forts on Lake Champlain. The 15th, 28th, 58th and 62nd line infantry regiments joined the army already in place. In addition, a light infantry regiment, the 80th, was raised, bringing the regular British army in North America to approximately 23,000 men. France sent the 2nd battalions of the Cambis and Volontaires-Etrangers regiments to Louisbourg, but there was no support for Montcalm. In total, there were only some 7,000 French soldiers to defend Canada and Île Royale.