Sixty Mi’kmaq warriors and Acadian insurgents attacked the Dartmouth settlement, leaving twenty settlers killed and scalped. Some were also taken prisioner. Bodies were later taken to Halifax and buried in the Old Burying Ground. Governor Cornwallis reported to his superiors on the attack (June 24, 1751), expressing his frustration with the poor protection his soldiers had provided. A wooden palisade was subsequently built around the vulnerable settlement. A ferryman, John Connor, was granted permission to provide a ferry service between the Dartmouth and Halifax settlements in February 1752.