Following on the heels of this afternoon's 250th birthday celebration, the Amherst Historical Society and Museum held its Founders Night ceremony at the Jones Library in the evening. It was the occasion for the presentation of the third annual Conch Shell Award. Named after "the conch shell or 'ye kunk' that was used in he 1700s to call Amherst residents to town meeting and worship," the award serves "to recognize individuals who have made valuable contributions to the preservation and appreciation of Amherst history."
Here, as in the article, he focused on the apparent enigma of the man who seemed personally inept or awkward ("really a very boring person") yet excelled in employing the most modern European military techniques in the Colonial theater of war. The lecture provided Sweeney with an opportunity to explain in greater detail the history of both Amherst's campaigns and his tactics in the Seven Years' War, arguments illustrated with contemporaneous art and photographs of the modern sites. Part of his point was that Amherst's methodical approach and command of logistics paved the way for the modern American way of war: careful planning, ample supplies, and massive force.