Fort Ticonderoga Battle on Snowshoes Event planned for Feb. 23

Fort Ti Battle on Snowshoes

(Ticonderoga, NY) Experience an exciting living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting Major Robert Rogers and the Battle on Snowshoes on Saturday, February 23, from 10 am – 4 pm! Visit the French Garrison in the middle of winter inside Fort Ticonderoga and tour through opposing pickets of British rangers and French soldiers, both well trained and adapted to frontier, winter warfare. At 2 pm on Saturday, visitors will experience the hectic tree to tree fighting in a recreated battle. Watch as the rangers make a brave stand against superior odds, only to retreat through the deep woods. Event tickets are $10. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children age 4 and under are free. For more information call 518-585-2821 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. 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.

"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."

Major Robert Rogers force of both volunteers from the 27th foot, and his own rangers headed out on an extended scout from Fort Edward along Lake George, following an attack on a similar patrol from Captain Israel Putnam's Connecticut rangers. 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, Major Rogers' advanced scouts spotted their French counterparts. Rogers and his Rangers took up positions in a ravine, setting his force in ambuscade 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. 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, Roger's included, ran for their lives from superior numbers of French.

Visitor Schedule

10 AM Site Opens to Visitors

10:15 AM Guided Tour of Fort Carillon
Examine the historic walls and landscape of Fort Carillon and delve back into its early years as a remote, but vital French outpost. Imagine the snow drifted walls and barracks alive with activity in the winter of 1758, as its soldiers sortied to meet another of Robert Rogers' patrols.

11 AM Guided Tour of Petite Guerre in the North Woods
Beginning from Fort Carillon, take a guided hike into the deep woods around Ticonderoga to encounter Rogers' Rangers taking a brief respite, and weighing their options as they consider what Native warriors or French soldiers might lurk behind the next ridgeline.

12 PM New France's Invaluable Indian Allies
The Marquis de Montcalm wrote, "In the Midst of the woods of America one can no more do without them than without cavalry in open country." Join us in the Mars Education Center to discover more about French Allied Native Americans, who fought alongside French soldiers at Fort Carillon. With guest presenter Ward Oles, explore politics, trade, and the finer details of native crafts and decorative arts.

1:15 PM Guided Tour of Fort Carillon
Examine the historic walls and landscape of Fort Carillon and delve back into its early years as a remote, but vital French outpost. Imagine the snow drifted walls and barracks alive with activity in the winter of 1758, as its soldiers sortied to meet another of Robert Rogers' patrols.

2 PM Battle on Snowshoes
Follow guides out to the deep woods to the west of Fort Ticonderoga, to watch Rogers' rangers' ambush, become a fight for survival as they struggle to escape back to Fort Edward. See Native warriors and French soldiers overwhelm and shatter Rogers' 180 man patrol.

2:30 PM The Real, "French & Indians"
Join Chris Fox, Curator of Collections at Fort Ticonderoga, to examine real artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga. From weapons to practical tools, and even personal comforts, see some of the objects left behind by the French soldiers, native warriors, and Canadian malice who lived and fought at this historic fort. Discover the fascinating overlap of cultures as shown through artifacts. Explore how Native Americans and French colonists as well as soldiers shared and traded goods in their fight to defend New France.

3:15 PM Guided Tour of Fort Carillon
Examine the historic walls and landscape of Fort Carillon, to delve back into its early years as a remote, but vital French outpost. Imagine the snow drifted walls and barracks alive with activity in the winter of 1758, as its soldiers sortied to meet another of Robert Rogers' patrols.

4 PM Site Closes to Visitors

FORT TICONDEROGA
America's Fort ™
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 17 through October 20, 2013. The 2013 season features the Fort's newest exhibit "It would make a heart of stone melt" Sickness, Injury, and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga which explores early medical theory, practice, and experience as each relates to the armies that served at Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

Photo: Historic Interpreters from Fort Ticonderoga recreate the Battle on Snowshoes Event, February 23. Credit Fort Ticonderoga.