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Discovery of Lake Champlain, Champlain's Battle with the Iroquois, July 1609

About the middle of June, 1609, Champlain left for the exploration of the heard of lake and with agreement with his Indian, allies to help him fight the Iroquois; they having great reliance upon the deadly efficiency of the arquebuses of the French, the first firearms they had ever seen, and which they considered some necromancy of thunderbolts. read more...

The Battle of Lake George, September 8, 1755

IN the year 1754 a comprehensive plan was formulated by the English to drive the French from America. The first move in this general plan, that of General Braddock, Commander-in-Chief, against Fort Duquesne, was a sanguinary failure, even as mitigated by the bravery and skill of the then young Colonel Washington. Braddock's defeat so discouraged General Shirley that his expedition against Fort Niagara was abandoned. read more...

Death of Colonel Ephraim Williams, Founder of Williams College, in "The Bloody Morning Scout." Between Glens Falls and Lake George, NY, Sept. 8, 1755

September 8th, 1755, was a day of three desperate and bloody battles, fought within a few miles between Glens Falls and Lake George – important engagements, even viewed from the present. This territory, known as the "Great Carry," a land break in the waterways of the Hudson River. Lakes George and Champlain, and the St. Lawrence, was strategic territory and a bloody fighting ground for ages, probably, between Indian war parties: all though the seventy years' struggle between England and France for the possession of a continent and fought to a conclusion within this region; and afterward. during the Revolution. No part of America is richer in historic incident and interest than the region of this natural route between the Hudson and the St. Lawrence. read more...

Surrender of Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY, August 9, 1757

In March, 1757, a French expedition marched on the frozen lake to surprise and capture Fort William Henry, then commanded by Captain Eyre, an engineer officer who had escaped from Braddock's defeat and who ably served the artillery in the Battle of Lake George. read more...

The Battle of Rogers' Rock, Lake George, NY, March, 1758

In March, 1758, Israel Putnam returned to Fort Edward from an uneventful scouting, when Rogers was at once sent out with 180 men on an aggressive mission. read more...

Battle on Snowshoes, March 13, 1758

Twenty-six-year-old Captain Robert Rogers had marched with 200 men for three days from Fort Edward north, along Lake George. read more...

Abercrombie's Expedition and the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga, July 1758

In 1758 the French held Ticonderoga, by them called Carillon, at the foot of the Lake, and the territory north, while the English held the head of the Lake and the territory south. read more...

The "Black Watch" at Ticonderoga, July 8, 1758

Under Abercrombie was the famous " Black Watch," the 42nd, and for valor at Ticonderoga designated by King George II. the "Royal Highland Regiment." This regiment, conspicuous in all of England's wars for 170 years, fought the fiercest of its many battles at this time, with a loss quite equal to that of any single regiment in any single engagement of history. read more...

Rescue of Major Israel Putnam Near Glens Falls, 1758

To oppose one of these marauding expeditions of some 500 French and Indians, a Fort Edward force of 600 or 700 went out under the noted partisan ranger, Rogers: Major Putnam went with them. Marching in single file by a narrow woods path, Putnam leading, they suddenly came under fire of the hidden enemy. read more...

Surrender of Burgoyne, October 17, 1777

The year 1777 was probably the most perilous period in the "beginning of the nation," and marked one of the great crises of the world's history. Early in this year General John Burgoyne succeeded Carleton in Canadian command, and soon entered upon that memorable campaign against the vital center of the colonies – New York's great confluence of waterways, Lakes Champlain and George and the' Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. read more...

The Massacre of Jane McCrea, July 1777

JANE McCREA, "the beautiful betrothed maiden of the Hudson," seems to have been selected by Providence as a sacrifice to arouse the drooping spirit of Liberty in the midsummer of 1777. read more...

General Washington at Half-Way Brook, Glens Falls, NY, August, 1783

So called because midway between Forts Edward and William Henry. From 1755 to 1780 it was the scene of many bloody skirmishes, surprises and ambushes. Here the French and Indians inflicted two horrible massacres, one in the summer of 1756 and the other in July, 1758. read more...

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