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.
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.