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Abercromby, James,

1706–81, British general in the French and Indian WarsFrench and Indian Wars,
1689–1763, the name given by American historians to the North American colonial wars between Great Britain and France in the late 17th and the 18th cent.
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, b. Scotland. He arrived in America in 1756 and in 1758 replaced the earl of Loudoun as supreme British commander. After failing to take Ticonderoga from General Montcalm, Abercromby was replaced (1758) by Jeffery AmherstAmherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron
, 1717–97, British army officer. He served in the War of the Austrian Succession and in the early part of the Seven Years War. In 1758 he was sent to America as a major general to lead the Louisburg campaign in the last of the French and
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Indeed Prevost's lack of suitable military experience for the North American theater of operations and his arrogance led the earl of Loudoun, Major General James Abercromby, and Major General Jeffrey Amherst to consign him to the rear echelon.
Supremely confident, British Major General James Abercromby's armada of 900 bateaux and a force of 15,000 British and colonial troops attacked a meager 3,600 Frenchmen hiding behind a few poorly built defenses.