In 1758, battlefield results began to favor the British:
In July, the fortress at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island fell to Amherst and his British forces, gaining control of the mouth of the St. Lawrence River;
Fort Frontenac, located at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, gave way to New England soldiers under the command of James Bradstreet;
Fort Duquesne came under British control in September, thanks to the efforts of soldiers under John Forbes and his second-in-command, George Washington; the position was renamed Fort Pitt in honor of the secretary of state;
One of the few setbacks at this time was the failure of James Abercromby to take Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga).
1759 became known as the Year of Victories. Horace Walpole, the noted writer and historian, claimed that the bells of London were worn thin from pealing the good news. British citizens at home and in the colonies were treated to a torrent of favorable reports from all fronts: