1757 Battle on Snowshoes Battle Re-enactment

January 21, 2017

Join Fort Ticonderoga as we recreate the epic 1757 Battle on Snowshoes on the anniversary of the event. This lesser known, but no less dramatic, Battle on Snowshoes brings to life the fierce clash in the woods between French soldiers and Rogers Rangers as the roar of muskets highlight Ranger warfare and the struggle for North America. Discover the peoples, weapons, and stories through living history vignettes, exhibitions and hands-on programs. March out with French soldiers and their allies before they spring upon Rogers’ Rangers.

Highlighted programming featured throughout the day brings to life both the British Ranger story and French history at Fort Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Discover the fight for survival as the Rangers struggle to escape back to Fort Edward, behind British lines. See how French soldiers and officers lived in their quarters inside the fort barracks and watch as soldiers work together to keep each other in fighting shape. In addition to the living history program, step inside exhibition spaces and discover the incredible French artifacts on display in the museum.

On January 21st, 1757 detachment of French soldiers with horse drawn sleds left Fort Carillon to pick up supplies, not knowing Rogers’ Ranger lay in wait on the trail to Crown Point to the north. Ambushed, some French soldiers escaped to warn the fort and they set their own ambush for Rogers and his men marching home.

Visitor Schedule


10:00 AM: Site Opens to Visitors

10:15 AM: Guided Tour of Fort Carillon (Begins at the American Flag)

Examine the historic walls and landscape of Fort Carillon to explore its early years as a remote but vital French outpost. Imagine the snow-drifted walls and barracks alive with activity in the winter of 1757 as its soldiers sortied to meet Robert Rogers’ patrols.

11:00 AM: “A Man on Horseback Brought News of our Party Attacked” (Parade Ground of the Fort)

As the sounds of gun fire ring out in the distance, see how news of Robert Rogers ambush on the lake is brought back into Fort Carillon. Witness a rider come passing through the archway warning of the attack, and the preparations made to cut-off the Rangers before they can retreat.

11:30 AM - 2:45 PM: Canadian Culture and Crafts (Inside the Mars Education Center Ground Floor Classroom)

Learn about the Canadian crafts which helped supply the French army in North America. See how French and Native cultures combined to create uniquely Canadian clothing and gear. Visitors will have an opportunity to try on soldiers’ gear and Canadian clothing, and participate in hands-on activities.

11:30 AM: “The French firing in Platoons,” Musket Demonstration (Fort Demonstration Area)

French regular soldiers, drawn from Fort Carillon’s winter garrison, brought their discipline and precision to the woods around Carillon, soundly defeating Rogers Rangers. See in detail the mechanics of delivering volleys of lead bullets, no matter what the season.

12:00 PM: "Their Attire Is No Longer the Ancient One, Made of Skins" Native Goods in the New France and Fort Carillon (Inside the Mars Education Center Great Room)

Join Michael Galban, Curator and Historian for The Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, as he presents a practical evaluation of the 1757 Magazine du Roy inventory, as it relates to the Native inhabitants of the area and discuss the relationship between the local Native people and the goods available through Fort Carillon.

1:15 PM: Guided Tour of Fort Carillon (Begins at the American Flag)

Examine the historic walls and landscape of Fort Carillon to explore its early years as a remote but vital French outpost. Imagine the snow-drifted walls and barracks alive with activity in the winter of 1757 as its soldiers sortied to meet Robert Rogers’ patrols.

2:00 PM: Battle on Snowshoes (Begins at the American Flag Winter Footwear Recommended)

Follow the column of French soldiers out of the Fort in pursuit of Rogers’ Rangers. Witness this ambush become a fight for survival as the Rangers struggle to escape back to Fort Edward. See French soldiers, Native Warriors, and Canadian volunteers overwhelm and shatter Rogers’ seventy seven-man patrol.

2:30 PM: “Concluded to Surrender Ourselves to the French” (Begins at the Battlefield Area)

What was the outcome for the wounded Rangers left behind after the day’s action? Witness the fate of Ranger soldiers and officers as they were carried away from the field into captivity inside Fort Carillon.

2:45 PM: From Assietta to Carillon (Mars Education Center Great Room)

Join Curator of Collections, Matthew Keagle, to examine the 1748 painting, "Camp of the Royal Roussillon Regiment," proudly on display at Fort Ticonderoga. Discover the incredible connections between the 1747 Battle of Assietta Pass and the battles here at Carillon. Explore the incredible details of daily life in the French Army portrayed in this unique painting.

4:00 PM: Site Closes to Visitors

Available All Day

Soldier’s Quarters (Ground floor the South Barracks and West Barracks

Which is more important to you: staying warm or personal space? See how French soldiers lived in their quarters inside the barracks and see how messes of soldiers worked together to keep each other in fighting shape.

Officer’s Quarters (Second floor of the West Barracks)

From a real bed to a servant, from goose comfit to red wine, see how French officers could still live like gentlemen at this remote front-line post.

Exhibitions

  • Pork, Pigeon, & Pottery (Ground Floor of the Soldiers’ Barracks)
  • It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt (Ground Floor of the Soldiers’ Barracks)
  • Iron and Stone (Ground Floor of the Soldiers’ Barracks)
  • The Last Argument of Kings (Mars Education Center)

 

What to Bring For a Great Time

  • Cold weather clothing
  • Winter footwear
  • Snowshoes optional
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Friends and family!