Battle On Snowshoes Re-Enactment Set At Fort Ticonderoga
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — A battle fought on snowshoes amid the Adirondack wilderness more than 2½ centuries ago is being re-enacted as a living history event.
Fort Ticonderoga is hosting a re-enactment of what became known as the first Battle on Snowshoes, fought between the British army scouts known as Rogers Rangers and French and Indian forces on Jan. 21, 1757.
About 75 re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada will restage the battle Saturday afternoon, the engagement's 260th anniversary. The fort opens at 10 a.m.
The Rangers ambushed an enemy patrol along a creek outside what is now the village of Ticonderoga, but then were attacked by a second French and Indian force. Losses were heavy on both sides as the combatants struggled to maneuver on snowshoes.
A second Battle on Snowshoes was fought along nearby Lake George in March 1758.