The Battle of Fort Ann began on the morning of July 8 and lasted four hours. Patriot forces greatly outnumbered Hill’s regiment due to the arrival of Van Rensselaer’s men, who succeeded at putting significant pressure on the British flanks. Fighting in thick forest strained visibility and mobility, but the Patriots took advantage of the landscape, moving stealthily from tree to tree in order to approach the British position. Hill’s men improved their position by moving to a wooded hill. Suddenly, Indian war cries echoed throughout the woods. Believing a large British-Indian force had arrived, Patriots fell back to Fort Ann. In fact, it was only a small force under Captain John Money.
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