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An Open Letter to Lake George visitors
America's Historic Lakes Commentary
September 1, 1997
Yesterday Lynn and I visited Lake George. Of course I had been here before. I had taken the kids to Story town and later the Great Escape. I had seen the hustle and bustle of one of New York's most popular tourist attractions. Certainly I knew of the dramatic events that took place here- The Battle of Lake George, Dieskau's defeat... the Battle of Fort William Henry. The massacre. The deployment of Abercromby's huge army 15,000 strong up the lake to take Ticonderoga in a pageant of martial spectacle. The ignominious retreat, a mighty army huddled upon her shores in defeat after suffering horrible losses. The return of the British to this place- under Jeffrey Amherst. This time to evict the French from the Continent for good.
Walk the grassy field that once was the morass. Walk up the hill. Here is where 1600 British troops experienced the battle of Ft. William Henry. Here is where Colonel Munro received the French terms of surrender. Here is where hundreds died of smallpox and battle wounds. Here is where the terrible massacre occurred.
Enjoy this lovely village. Have fun. Relax. Recreate.
But please, remember that this is sacred ground. History was made here. This is indeed a very special place.
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