|Posted By:||Dorothy Drake|
|Subject:||Re: PRISONERS AT FORT WILLIAM HENRY, 1757|
|Post Date:||May 08, 2002 at 14:55:38|
|Forum:||Seven Years War Forum|
Good to hear from you, Jim, as reenactors often have insight into the historical events they portray that enlivens those events for genealogists.
Don't believe I mentioned it, but I had ancestors on both sides of that surrender at the fort. Nate Loomis was with the colonial troops from Massachusetts on the one side, and Albert Parot was with the Royal Roussillon Regiment, part of Montcalm's French regulars on the other.. Albert came from the southeast in France, in a little village just outside of today's Cevennes parc national. He elected to remain in Quebec when the war ended, married a local girl in whose home he had been quartered, and stayed to farm. His grandchildren came down to New York, Vermont and Michigan.
One of the details about the surrender of the fort that seems most tragic is that there were men ill with smallpox or fever. They were unable to leave under Montcalm's "protection" and so they and perhaps the wives who had come to nurse them, were said to have been killed.
Are reenactments held near the site of Fort William Henry? I'd love to see one someday.