When news of Britain's war with France reached Massachusetts, Governor William Shirley waged an attack on the great French fort of Louisburg. After some argument, eventually the Massachusetts General Court dispatched 3,300 men, joined by 516 from Connecticut and 454 from New Hampshire. New Englanders first took the Battery Royal, then aimed its guns at the Louisburg fort and battered it into submission. Unfortunately for the New Englanders, Louisburg was handed back to the French at the end of hostilities.