Fort William Henry (Rally Point - 1:30pm, 20 July 2003)

Overview:

Lord Loudoun (Scott Gorman)

Governor-General Vaudreuil(2) (Kateri MacDonald)

Map of the North American war zone in 1755

 

Battle of Lake George - 1755(3)

Theyanoguin ("Captain" Hendrick(4)) (John Tent)

Baron Jean-Armand de Dieskau(6) (Jen Stork)

Sir William Johnson(7) (Prof. C.)

Map of Fort Edward and Rogers Island

Close up map of Fort Edward and Rogers Island

 

"Massacre" at Fort William Henry - 1757(8)

François-Pierre Rigaud(9) (Steve Cohen)

Major General Daniel Webb(11) (David Fuhrmann)

General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm(12) (Will Young)

Lt. Col. George Monro(15) (Scott Douglass)

General Questions:

Plan of Fort William Henry and French Siege Lines - A 1763 map of the Fort, the French positions, and the siege lines.

Fort William Henry - A 1792 map showing the siege and the terrain surrounding Fort William Henry.

Fort William Henry - A modern diagram clearly showing the terrain, and the positions of the respective armies and fortifications.

 

FIRST CAMP FIRE SESSION: Relations between the Native Americans and Europeans (Sunday evening)

Sir William Johnson (Prof C.)

Molly Brant(16) (Marilyn Fuhrmann)

The "Onondaga" (John Tent)

Teedyuscung(17) (Delawares) (Tom Stork)

Issues for group discussion:

Map showing various Indian tribes in Northeastern region

 

Monday, 21 July - Free Day

There will be no formal sessions during the day on Monday. In keeping with Alumni Summer Staff Ride tradition, this day is set aside for whatever activities people wish to engage in.

If anyone is interested, we have information about renting canoes or kayaks on Lake George in the nearby town of Hague. From the town of Hague it is about a four mile paddle to the base of Rogers Rock (approx ½ to ¾ hours on a calm day with minimal wind).

Nearby historical sites include Fort Ticonderoga (where there is an excellent museum), Crown Point, Whitehall (Skenesboro, the birthplace of the U.S. Navy), and Fort Edward. Also, the town of Middlebury, Vermont is about an hour away (ferry across the lake, and then a short drive). Charming, with some nice shops and restaurants. Very old New England.

There are canoes available at Putnam Pond and we expect to arrange of several to be used by the group. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the area.

Lastly, anyone wanting a serious dose of modern summer tourist tackiness can wander into Lake George Village. Not for the impressionable or faint of heart, but there are some awesome looking miniature golf courses there for those who are interested. A more sedate and elegant place to visit (you'll have to clean up a bit) is The Sagamore, located in Bolton's Landing. One of the most famous "Grand Dame" hotels of North America, The Sagamore is located on an island (connected to the mainland by a bridge) with great views, several restaurants, and exquisite grounds. We recommend "The Veranda" for a light lunch in a truly stunning setting.

 

SECOND CAMP FIRE SESSION: Irregulars and Frontier Warfare (Monday evening, 21 July)

Major Robert Rogers(18) (Steve Myrow)

Private Thomas Brown (One of Rogers Rangers)(19) (Nathan Cohen)

Joseph Marin, Sieur de la Malgue (1719-73)(20) (Chris Leroy)

Issues for group discussion:

 

Battle(s) on Snowshoes / Roger's Rock (Tuesday Morning)

Lieutenant John Stark (John Tent)

Major Robert Rogers(22) (Steve Myrow)

Jean-Baptiste Levreault de Langlis de Montegron(23) (Chris Leroy)

Lieutenant John Stark (redux) (John Tent)

Map of Area around Rogers Rock/Second Battle on Snowshoes

Second Battle on Snowshoes (stage one and two)

Second Battle on Snowshoes (stage three and four)

Second Battle on Snowshoes (stage five)

 

Fort Carillon (Tuesday Afternoon)(25)

General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm(26) (Will Young)

George Viscount Howe (Christina Balis)

Major General James Abercromby(27) (Tom Mahnken)

General Topics for Discussion:

"Monypenny Map" - A contemporary sketch showing the action in which Lord Howe is killed.

Modern Map of action in which Howe is killed - Compare to the sketch above drawn at the time by Capt/ Alexander Monypenny

Overview of Fort Carillon - Thomas Jeffrey's contemporary 18th century map showing the fort, the French lines, and British positions at the time of the battle. This is probably the most common and best known map showing the battlefield.

Map of the Carillon Battlefield - An 18th century French map of the engagement, possibly the source for the more commonly seen Jeffrey's map above.

Map of the Carillon Battlefield - Another contemporary French map of the battle.

 

 

Wrap-up Dinner - Tueday Evening, 22 July

Featuring concluding comments by Dr. C.

 

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1. Steele, Warpaths, 207ff.

2. Anderson, Crucible of War,187f

3. Anderson, Crucible of War, 120ff; Todish, America's First First World War,33

4. Steele, Betrayals, 18ff.; Anderson, Crucible of War, 38f.

5. Steele, Betrayals, 48f.; Anderson, Crucible of War, 118ff

6. Steele, Warpaths, 191f; Anderson, Crucible of War, 79f, 81, 115ff (Lake George)

7. Steele, Warpaths, 190ff; Anderson, Crucible of War, 79f, 81, 114ff (Lake George)

8. Steele, Betrayals, passim; Steele, Warpaths, 120ff;

9. Anderson, Crucible of War, 185f; Steele, Betrayals, 75ff,

10. Steele, Betrayals, 75ff; Anderson, Crucible of War, 185f.

11. Anderson, Crucible of War, 185ff; Todish, America's First First World War,33, 38. Also see Steele, Betrayals.

12. Anderson, Crucible of War, 187; Todish, America's First First World War,various. Also see Steele, Betrayals.

13. Anderson, Crucible of War, 251ff

14. Todish, America's First First World War, 39

15. Anderson, Crucible of War, 189; Todish, America's First First World War,38. Also see Steele, Betrayals.

16. http://www.meyna.com/mohawk3.html

17. http://www.adamsheritage.com/deedsnations/t.htm

18. Bob Bearor, The Battle on Snowshoes, Heritage Books, 27ff

19. Bob Bearor, French and Indian War Battlesites: A Controversy, Heritage Books, 11ff. Also, the following website is about another of Rogers' Rangers, but offers possibly useful information: http://www.foxrivertraders.com/tute.htm

20. http://www.rmitchard.freeserve.co.uk/marinweb/marinnpartisan.htm

21. Todish, Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, 57ff.

22. Anderson, Crucible of War, 186f; Todish, Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, 89ff; Bob Bearor, The Battle on Snowshoes, Heritage Books, 27ff

23. Anderson, Crucible of War, 186; Bob Bearor, The Battle on Snowshoes, 35ff

24. Todish, America's First First World War, 38.

25. Ticonderoga 1758, René Chartrand and Patrice Courcelle, Osprey Books. Highly recommended.

26. Bellico, Sail and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain, 62

27. Bellico, Sail and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain, 60ff

 

 

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