Soon after a written warning to Cornwallis, forty Mi’kmaq and Acadian warriors led by Beausoleil Broussard surprised a woodcutting crew at Major Gilman’s sawmill in Dartmouth. Two men were scalped, and three were decapitated; one escaped to sound the alarm. This was the first of numerous Mi’kmaq attacks which kept the settlers ill at ease and within the palisades of Halifax. (Also see, During the first…March 26, 1751.). (Photo: Memorial plaque to the raid on Dartmouth, 1749.)