The Battle of Lake George on September 8, 1755 during the French and Indian War (1754–1763) was the first time a British force made up entirely of colonists stood toe to toe with hand-picked professionals from Europe and emerged victorious.
More than 250 re-enactors will begin gathering at Lake George Battlefield Park on Friday, September 22nd, for a weekend encampment and re-enactment of the battle, which took place at the south end of Lake George.
The encampment will be open to the public and visitors are encouraged to attend, ask questions and take photographs. The weekend event, hosted by the Fort William Henry Hotel, is free.
Educator and independent historian John-Eric Nelson will set the stage for the Battle of Lake George Re-Enactment Weekend with a presentation at 7 pm, on Thursday, September 21st in the Albany Room at the Fort William Henry Conference Center at 48 Canada Street.
Nelson’s talk, “The Battle of Lake George: Clash of Empires 1755,” places the Battle of Lake George in the larger context of the more-than century-long struggle for dominance between Great Britain and France around the world.
“The victory by Colonial Provincials was one of few bright spots for the British in 1755,” says John-Eric Nelson. “The Battle of Lake George was the opening salvo of the French and Indian War in the Hudson-Lake George-Lake Champlain corridor.”
The program is free to the public. Due to space limitations, those planning to attend must reserve space in advance by sending an email to email@example.com.
Nelson is a retired schoolteacher from Milford, Connecticut. He represents an officer in the Connecticut Provincial Army as a re-enactor. He is a frequent speaker on French and Indian War topics.
Nelson’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and the French & Indian War Society at Lake George.
Illustrations, from above: Troops firing muskets during a Battle of Lake George reenactment (courtesy French and Indian War Society); and a period map of the Battle of Lake George by Samuel Blodget.