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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1755 Grenadier

Living history of the 35th Regiment of Foot at Fort William Henry at the southern end of Lake George. This man is a Grenadier, one of the King's fearsome shock troops.

Fort William Henry was the centrepiece of James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans. The novel has some historical errors, but then again, it's a novel, not a history.

We spent the afternoon at the fort, learning a bit about life in 1755, how the fort was built and destroyed. The men and women of today's fort are 'actors' living out the history of the place. We saw the Grenadier throw a grenade, cannon loaded and fired and a demonstration of 18th century musketry. I love history and I wish I could have spent more time.

1 comment:

  1. I love history too, and I wish I could have been there with you!


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