Battle on Snowshoes

A 1776 artist's rendition of Robert Rogers, whose likeness was never made from life
Detail from a 1777 map by John Montresor. In 1758, the road along the left side of Lake George did not exist. Forts Edward and William Henry are near the bottom of this map.  This battle probably took place somewhere west of the hills near Sabbathday Point.

The 1758 Battle on Snowshoes occurred on March 13, 1758, during the French and Indian War.

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Snowshoes are specialized outdoor gear for walking over snow.

Traditional snowshoe maker, c. 1900-1930
Plains Ojibwa performing a snowshoe dance. Drawing by George Catlin
16th century depiction of Swedish traveler with both horse and man wearing snowshoes
Teardrop snowshoes and Bearpaw snowshoes in the Gatineau Park
Canadian couple snowshoeing in 1907
Snowshoeing in Kerava, Finland in March 2011
Properly adjusted bindings on two snowshoes of different size. Note use of gaiters.
Underside of a modern fixed-rotation binding snowshoe, showing cleats for traction on steep slopes
MSR solid plastic snowshoes
Snowshoers in Bryce Canyon
Some modern snowshoes have bars that can be flipped up for ascending steep slopes. The wearer's heel can rest on the bar.
A broken snowshoe trail
A young snowshoer with a wild bird
A snowshoer packing downhill skis
Rawhide webbing

Snowshoes became popular during the French and Indian Wars, during conflicts such as The Battle on Snowshoes, when both the French/Indian and British factions both wore snowshoes to battle above a reported four feet of snow.

Lake George (lake), New York

Long, narrow oligotrophic lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains, in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of New York.

Above Cook's Bay, facing south
Steamboat Horicon on Lake George, 1900
Lake George, 1862, painted by Martin Johnson Heade
Lake George, c. 1860, painted by John Frederick Kensett. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Fort William Henry Hotel in 1907
View from The Sagamore in Bolton Landing
Lake George, on a foggy day.
View from Bolton Landing
View of southern end of Lake George.
View from Sabbath Day Point
An aerial view of Lake George, with Anthony's Nose and Roger's Rock visible
John Frederick Kensett - Lake George - Brooklyn Museum
John William Casilear - - Lake George - Brooklyn Museum
Lake George - John F. Kensett, Hudson River School
Régis François Gignoux - Lake George - Brooklyn Museum

On March 13, 1758, an attempted attack on that fort by irregular forces led by Robert Rogers was one of the most daring raids of that war.

Rogers' Rangers

Company of soldiers from the Province of New Hampshire raised by Major Robert Rogers and attached to the British Army during the Seven Years' War .

To Range the Woods, New York, 1760, Unknown artist
Robert Rogers, the founding leader and namesake of Rogers' Rangers, in a 1776 painting, the only known portrait from life of Rogers.
Roger's Rangers successor unit, the Queen's Rangers, c. 1780

On March 13, 1758, at the Second Battle on Snowshoes, Rogers' Rangers ambushed a French-Indian column and were then ambushed in turn by enemy forces.

Robert Rogers (British Army officer)

American colonial frontiersman.

This 1776 painting is the only known portrait of Robert Rogers from life and from the portrait painter's interpretation
Join, or Die, Benjamin Franklin's cartoon of the French and Indian War, later reused for the Revolutionary War
John Winslow, for whom Rogers recruited his Rangers
Abenakis (18th-century)
Robert Monckton was Rogers' superior officer during the western campaign
The main theater of operations during Pontiac's War
Thomas Gage bitterly disliked Rogers due to his close friendship with Jeffrey Amherst, Gage's rival
Field Marshal Jeffrey Amherst was a close friend of Rogers and was instrumental in vindicating him of Gage's charges of treason
Fort Ticonderoga
Connecticut River in Massachusetts
Plains of Abraham in Quebec

On 13 March 1758 at the Second Battle of the Snowshoes, Rogers' Rangers ambushed a French and Indian column and, in turn, were ambushed by enemy forces.

James Rogers (British Army officer)

James Rogers (c.

Plaque at Sandhurst on PH33 at the Anglican Church

He was with Robert in the Battle on Snowshoes in January 1757, the Siege of Louisbourg (1758), the Ile Saint-Jean Campaign and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759).

Battle on Snowshoes (1757)

Skirmish fought between Rogers' Rangers and French and Indian troops during the French and Indian War on January 21, 1757.

A traditional snowshoe
Detail from a 1777 map by John Montresor. In 1757, the road along the left side of Lake George did not exist. Forts Edward and William Henry are near the bottom of this map. This battle took place somewhere between Ticonderoga and Crown Point.

A similar battle was fought the following year, in which Rogers was very nearly killed and his company was decimated.

St. Francis Raid

Attack in the French and Indian War by Robert Rogers on St. Francis, near the southern shore of the Saint Lawrence River in what was then the French province of Canada, on October 4, 1759.

Robert Rogers in a 1776 painting, the only known portrait from the lifetime of Rogers.
General Jeffrey Amherst.
18th-century depiction of an Abenaki couple

The next day, a larger party of scouts, coincidentally led by Oliver de la Durantaye, who had battled Rogers in 1758, discovered the boats.

Burke's Rangers

Company of colonial volunteers organized and led by Major John Burke in Massachusetts just before the French and Indian War.

Montcalm trying to stop Native Americans from attacking British soldiers and civilians as they leave Fort William Henry. Wood engraving by Alfred Bobbett after a painting of Felix Octavius Carr Darley. Published between 1870 and 1880.

In April 1758, Major Rogers commissioned a former corporal from Burke's company, Joseph Wait, after he had fought with distinction in the Battle on Snowshoes in March.

List of battles (geographic)

Organized geographically, by country in its present territory.

A map of the Kingdom of Kongo, as of 1711.

1758 Battle on Snowshoes – occurred in the British Province of New York and New France.

List of battles 1601–1800


Present-day ruins of Santiago de la Gloria fort at Portobello

Second Battle on Snowshoes 13 March - French victory