Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The Siege of Fort Massachusetts (19-20 August 1746) was a successful siege of Fort Massachusetts (in present-day North Adams, Massachusetts) by a mixed force of more than 1,000 French and Indians from New France. The fort, garrisoned by a disease-weakened militia force from the Province of Massachusetts Bay, surrendered after its supplies of ammunition and gunpowder were depleted. Thirty prisoners were taken and transported back to Quebec, where about half of them died in captivity.

Siege of Fort Massachusetts
Part of King George's War
Date19–20 August 1746
Result French victory
 Great Britain
Commanders and leaders
François-Pierre Rigaud de Vaudreuil Sergeant John Hawks[1]
1,000 22 men, 3 women, 5 children
Casualties and losses
1 killed, 16 wounded 30 prisoners, 14 survived


  1. ^ Michael D. Coe, The Line of Forts p.183

Coordinates: 42°42′03″N 73°06′33″W / 42.7008°N 73.1092°W / 42.7008; -73.1092