French troops moved their guns forward day by day, focusing their efforts on the northwest bastion of the fort until they were within 150 yards of its walls. The British, provincial, and Native American defenders put up a gallant fight but, with their artillery malfunctioning due to overuse and no aid being sent from Fort Edward, Lt. Col George Monro was forced to surrender on August 9.
The French & Indian War Society at Lake George, in conjunction with Fort William Henry, will be hosting a commemoration of the 1757 surrender of the Fort on August 9 at 12 noon on the lawn outside the fort.
A reading of the Surrender Terms offered by Montcalm and agreed to by Monro will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the military cemetery.
Illustration: A map from the time of the Siege of Fort William Henry in 1757.