History Relived on the Battlefields of Lake George

The tactical demonstrations continued throughout the afternoon, with the British suffering heavy losses, but still repelling the French and Indians.

Sundays demonstrations included General Louis Joseph the Marquis de Montcalms delivery of a letter from British Gen. Daniel Web in Fort Edward, stating that he couldnt assist him, advising Lt. Col. George Monro, commander of Fort William Henry, to surrender. Monro had watched the mounting casualties and the forts artillery disabled, and agreed to terms of surrender. The next morning, while en-route to Fort Edward, the rear of the column of survivors was attacked by angry Indians, who wanted to continue to pillage and fight, and many of the Forts survivors were killed. This massacre was also a part of Sundays demonstrations.

Reenactors arrived in Lake George for the weekend from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Andrew Hyde of Loudonville, Ohio was here as a member of Spikemans Rangers, a company of rangers that had the unhappy fate of suffering heavy casualties during most of their battles.

Our company is famous for dying in battle, Hyde said. We try to relive how a massacre took place. The Rangers had fought near Ticonderoga in January of 1757 in the First Battle on Snowshoes, where their leader, Capt. Spikeman, was killed. Spikemans Rangers were garrisoned at Fort William Henry in August of 1757 during the siege.

This is a big event for us, when you know this many people will be here, its worth the trip, Hyde said. We do what were best at, and at the end of each battle, we congratulate each other on how well we die.

Michael Vass of Crown Point, Ind. was dressed as an Indian, fighting with the French.

Its my third year as an Indian, Vass said. But Ive been a reenactor for 20 years. Vass said he started studying history as a kid and enjoys being a part of it.

Were on the attacking side, and we also ambush the survivors, he said.

Throughout the weekend, visitors were welcomed into the various encampments and to shop at the different merchants, with authentic items of the time. The 250th anniversary continues this weekend on Rogers Island in Fort Edward.

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