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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday an agreement between New York State and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe that would honor the...
Reenactors Bring History to Life In Lake George!
With 2007 marking the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, the details relating to that time in history are of great interest for visitors to Fort William Henry and history buffs. For some, becoming immersed in the drama and spectacle of that time can become an all-encompassing pastime.
Historical re-enactors are devotees of the past; lovers of history who are passionate about portraying the events of a particular time as accurately and precisely as possible. They are sticklers for detail, adhering to strict guidelines for the authentic dress and materials of the period, the weaponry, cooking utensils, and medical care. This September, visitors to Lake George will be able to relive this exciting chapter in our nation’s history, where up to 1000 participants are expected to take part in the re-enactment of the siege of Fort William Henry. Reenactors bring history to vivid life amid the smoke of cannon and musket fire, the colors, sounds and smells of an18th century battlefield.
The nine-year long French and Indian War (1754-1763) began with territorial disputes between the French and British, both of whom wanted to claim settlements and benefit from the vigorous economic growth that was sure to follow. The flash point occurred when young George Washington, a then-colonel in the British army, built a small fort on the Ohio River in Pennsylvania. He refused to leave when ordered by the French and the fort was attacked. Washington lost a third of his troops before surrendering and being allowed to return to Wills Creek. The battle had begun.
The siege of Fort William Henry took place in the summer of 1757. The British agreed to surrender to the French, and negotiated very generous terms for their surrender that included safe passage to Fort Edward. As they retreated, they were attacked by the Indians who had fought as allies of the French. There still remains much speculation as to why the massacre occurred and how many people were killed. Reports varied from a few dozen to over one thousand, but it has been generally agreed to have been at the lowest end of that estimate. The fictional reenactment in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, Last of the Mohicans, although popular, greatly inflated what actually occurred during that retreat.
In addition to the reenactment of the siege of Fort William Henry, commemorative events and activities will be held throughout the historic areas of Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Edward, Crown Point and Schuylerville. Visitors will be able to observe how the soldiers and their families lived from day to day, from their mode of dress to how they cooked, what they felt about their situation, and how they had fun.