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French, British clash again June 4

CHARLESTOWN, N.H.-The Connecticut River Valley's largest French and Indian War Encampment returns Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at the Fort at No. 4, in Charlestown, N.H., across the river from Vermont.

Vermont and New Hampshire reenactor units will make up the bulk of the period performers at the fort.

"The military weekend will be filled with activities including recreated battles which will give visitors a glimpse into military and civilian life of the 18th century," said Wendalyn Baker, director of the historic Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum.

The public can also tour the unique fortified village at Fort at No. 4 where Roger's Rangers frequented.

"The British, French and Native camps are open to the public," Baker said. "And Sutlers Row will offer a wide selection of period wares and reporductions including weapons, hats and clothing."

A morning prayer service, under the direction of Deacon David Moody, starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5.

Battle reenactments are scheduled for 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The fort, built in 1744 and attacked in 1747, has an odd name-a number. It was the fourth frontier outpost set out by New Hampshire's governor. It was 30 miles (rom the nearest other British settlement at Fort Dummer in Vermont.

The Crown Point Military Road stretched from Fort Crown Point onlake Champlain to Fort at No. 4. Also, rebel Gen. John Stark gathered the New Hampshire Militia regiments at the fort site while traveling to the Battle of Bennington in 1777.

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