War games at Mount Independence

Last Saturday, I was invited to tag along while three dozen or so living historians burned off some winter cabin rust playing war games on Mount Independence. Another photographer and I were “embedded” with the two units who would vie for command of the Horseshoe Battery at the north end of the Mount. However, a skirmish broke out near the star fort, about two thirds of the way to the destination.

Jim Ross "giving orders."

Jim Ross “giving orders.”

Before beginning the war gaming, all muskets must be inspected.

Before beginning the war gaming, all muskets must be inspected.

This squad was composed of re-enactors from both the French & Indian and the Revolutionary wars.

This squad was composed of re-enactors from both the French & Indian and the Revolutionary wars.

The snow was falling as the squad marched up the Mount.

The snow was falling as the squad marched up the Mount.

A smorgasbord of units represented in bright colors.

A smorgasbord of units represented in bright colors.

French Canadian soldiers arrive to reinforce the undermanned unit.

French Canadian soldiers arrive to reinforce the undermanned unit.

During the skirmish, from the other side.

During the skirmish, from the other side.

The woods on the Mount were filled with powder smoke that day.

The woods on the Mount were filled with powder smoke that day.

There were likely only two real battles fought on Mount Independence: a “battle on snowshoes” in the French and Indian War, between Rogers’s Rangers and French woodcutters from Fort Carillon; and Brown’s Raid in September of 1777. This day’s event was not a re-enactment of either battles, just an opportunity to get out in the woods and travel back in time.

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