Tuesday 20 July 2021

Death of General John Prideaux

By Frederick Ray

 Killed during the siege of Old Fort Niagara. His wiki says

 However, on 19 July 1759 he was killed by being struck in the head with a shell fragment. On the morning of that day, being still dusk, the recently appointed General was inspecting his artillery, when he suddenly stepped in front of a British mortar and was struck on the head by a fragment of shell, which burst prematurely at the mouth of one of their cohorns, and killed him on the spot decapitating him. 

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