Montcalms army was made up of over 3,000 French regulars, another 3,000 Canadians and about 1,800 Indians when he left Fort Carillon, re-named later Fort Ticonderoga. The army traveled in two detachments, one by land and the other by water in close to 300 bateaux.
They surrounded the fort, effectively blocking access to Fort Edward, Nesbitt said. On the morning of Aug. 3, 1757, the bateaux began approaching the fort and landed. Nesbitt said the army set up camp in a ring, approximately where the Sacred Heart Church is today.
They dug trenches and set up batteries for artillery and opened fire on the fort on Aug. 5, he said. After enduring a six day siege and two days of artillery bombardment, Montcalm approached the fort under truce and negotiated terms of surrender. Lt. Col. George Monro, portrayed by Charles Vandrei, who led the British forces, had expected reinforcements from Fort Edward, but none had materialized.
As Nesbitt continued, the British forces approached with a white flag of truce, followed by the French and Indian forces with a red flag of truce.
The Indians were not happy about the surrender, Nesbitt said as the Indian re-enactor objected loudly. Especially since Montcalm had allowed the British forces to keep their arms and possessions.
We cannot control our young warriors, the Indian contingent shouted in protest. We are here for war.
The commemoration continued, with the British forces marching by the French general with weapons held upside down. De Marestan spoke to the crowd through his translator, saying how grateful he was to be a part of this page in Lake Georges history.
This was a very professional and it had the stamp of authenticity, de Savarin said later.
Reenactor John Aubin had traveled from his home in Coventry, R.I. to take part in the commemoration.