In observance of the 254th anniversary of the surrender of Fort William Henry, French and Indian War re-enactors stand at attention after placing a wreath at a military cemetery on the grounds of the fort. Placing the wreath were: Daniel Donahue (left) in the role of Marquis de Montcalm, and Stephen McGee (right) as Lieutenant Colonel George Munro.
The 254th anniversary of the surrender of Fort William Henry occurred about two weeks ago, and a ceremony involving re-enactors was held on the grounds of the restored fort to observe the occasion.
At noon on Aug. 9 — about the same time as the original surrender — re-enactors representing British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Munro marched out of the Fort William Henry Museum accompanied with fife and drum. On the lawn of the Fort William Henry Hotel, the British were met by the leader of the French and Indian forces, the Marquis de Montcalm. The terms of surrender were read aloud by Montcalm, and Munro turned over his sword and control of the fort to Montcalm.
The re-enactors consisted of staff of the Fort William Henry Museum. The part of the Marquis de Montcalm was played by lead guide Daniel Donahue, and Munro was played by Stephen McGee, also a guide at the fort.
The group then marched to the military cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony. After a short speech by Montcalm, a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace,” followed by a musket volley in salute.
The event was sponsored by the Fort William Henry Museum and the French & Indian War Society, a group formed in 1999 by a area historians, archaeologists and enthusiasts working to foster a continuing appreciation for the Lake George region’s involvement in this pivotal event in American History.