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Fighting For Acadia

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Feb. 11, 1747, ís noted in colonial armáis as the date of a desperate strugele betweeu New England eolonists and the French in Aoadia. Bands of New Englanders, nummering when united about 600, had made thoir way to Minas, where they were lodging iu the honses of the settlers waiting for the opening of spring to conirnence a cainpaign and expel the French. In the hcight of the Canadiun winter 350 French, led by De Villers, raarched across the snow and ice from Cuiüberland, a marvelous jouruey ol seveuteen days. When warningreacböd the New Englanders at Minas, they refused to believe that the French could stand the rigor of a wiuter's march. Arriving at Minas, De Villers told off ten detachnu-nts to attack the first ten honses. It was after midnight and suowing at the timo, so that the sentinels on guard could not seo the assailants until they were within riiio range. The French dashcd tbrough tho fire, killed the sentinels and forced in doors and Windows with axes. The leader of the New Englanders, Colonel Noble, aróse from his bed, and with his officers fought until overpowered and killed. Noble, his brother and three others feil together. In this attack 70 of the New Englanders were killed, 60 woundec and 70 captured. The French lost 7 killed and 1-Í wonnded. De Villers was shot through the arm. Next day the defeuders of the remaimng honses made several sortics to recover the ground, hut finding themselves cut off from their ship and stores, with only a day's fooc and eight rounds of arnmunition in hand, capitulated. They were allowec to march out with the honors of war and return to Boston.


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