For the first time in 13 years, the legendary Battle on Snowshoes from the French and Indian War will be reenacted near Fort Ticonderoga this Saturday.
“The Battle on Snowshoes event re-creates the savage fight between Robert Rogers’ Rangers and a mixed French force of regular soldiers, militia and allied native warriors on March 13, 1758,” said Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation Stuart Lilie in a news release.
“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.” (Press Republican)
The battle is part of a living history day at Fort Ticonderoga. Although perhaps the most exciting event of the day there are other activities and reenactments set up to teach visitors about life at the time of that winter battle.
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 1 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. (Lake Champlain Region)
What: Battle on Snowshoes: Robert Rogers’ Ill-Fated Raid
Where: Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY
When: Saturday, February 23 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Price: $10 per person and payable at the door. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children age 4 and under are free.