One of the most famous battles in military history will be re-enacted at Fort Ticonderoga this winter. “The Battle on Snowshoes” will be held as a living history event Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort.
One of the most famous battles in military history will be re-enacted at Fort Ticonderoga this winter.
“The Battle on Snowshoes” will be held as a living history event Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fort.
“The Battle on Snowshoes event recreates the savage fight between Robert Roger’s rangers, and a mixed French force of regular soldiers, malice and allied native warriors on March 13, 1758,” said Stuart Lilie, director of interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga. “This event is designed to be a rich experience for both participants and visitors alike. It will investigate the myths and facts of Robert Rogers and explore why his exploits in the North Woods still fill the popular imagination today.”
Visitors will be able to see the French Garrison in the middle of winter inside Fort Ticonderoga and tour through opposing pickets of British rangers and French soldiers.
At 2 p.m. a tree-to-tree battle recreation will take place.
“Watch as the rangers make a brave stand against superior odds, only to retreat through the deep woods,” said Beth Hills, Fort Ti executive director and CEO.
Event tickets are $10. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children age 4 and younger will be free. For more information call 585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.
“Visitors will be invited to tour Fort Ticonderoga as it appeared in the winter of 1758 and meet the Native American warriors, French soldiers and Canadians, who delivered the rangers’ worst defeat,” Hill said. “See how Natives Americans and French soldiers alike survived the deep winter at this remote military post. More adventurous visitors can take a hike led by a historic interpreter through the uneasy quiet of opposed pickets of soldiers in the deep woods. In these tours visitors can see how rangers kept a vigilant watch for subtle signs that might reveal their ferocious enemy.”
In March 1758 Maj. Robert Rogers and his men headed north from Fort Edward along Lake George on a scouting mission. Hiking on snowshoes due to the three feet of snow, the tracks of Roger’s force were spotted on its march up the west side of Lake George. Near the north end of Lake George, Rogers’ advanced scouts spotted their French counterparts. Rogers and his Rangers took up positions in a ravine, setting his force in ambush to await whatever French patrol would come to meet him.
“The French patrol that met Roger’s men proved far larger than he imagined, and in this Battle on Snowshoes, the rangers’ ambush was itself surrounded and overwhelmed,” Lilie said. “In deep woods on deep snow, the rangers were forced to retreat with heavy casualties as the French regulars, malice and natives pressed home their attack. Despite brave stands along the way, this retreat quickly became chaotic as rangers, Rogers’ included, ran for their lives from superior numbers of French.”
At 10:15 a.m. there will be a guided tour of Fort Carillon, followed at 11 a.m. by a tour of “Petite Guerre in the North Woods.”
At noon there will be program on the French and Native American alliance, followed at 1:15 p.m. by another tour of the fort.
Following the 2 p.m. battle recreation, Chris Fox, curator of collections at Fort Ticonderoga, will examine real artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga at 2:30 p.m. From weapons to practical tools, and even personal comforts, people can see objects left behind by the French soldiers, native warriors and Canadian malice.
Another tour of the fort at 3:15 p.m. will conclude the day.