FROM THE RAMPARTS ... The Fifth
Twin Towers Atrocity Marks This Generation
I had gone over to Fort William Henry last Sunday, (9/16/'01). It was the most beautiful day that I had ever spent there. A cloudless blue sky
and gentle Fall sunlight. The courtyard was lit with a wonderful glow. But from every pole our flag flew alone at half mast.
There were some visitors and since I was in period clothing, they came up to me and we exchanged pleasantries. I did not speak to them about the
fort or the massacre or any history because I didn't know what to say. I was tasting the great fear.
After the Fort William Henry Massacre and after the incidents at Lexington and Concord our people experienced this "great fear". It is the
fear of being consumed by a merciless foe. It is the fear of being helpless to do anything about it. It is the fear for our families and country. It is
the fear that things will never be the same.
A few weeks ago I wrote about those singular events that had defined our past generations. From Fort William Henry to Pearl Harbor these were
"remembrances". Now we have our own remembrance.
Our generation has just experienced an event that is equal to any of those major moments in our history.
The difference this time is that all of those other disasters were military
targets and (deep down) the shock of a military target being taken is not as terrible as that which we have recently experienced.
It has been published that my fathers' generation was the finest. After all that has gone on in the last two weeks in the way that we have come
together in our patriotism, generosity, resolve and grief, I feel that we are now the finest generation and that all of our ancestors belonged to the
"finest generation" in their time.
The little fort at the head of the Lake George has been resurrected and is an icon of long ago days of terror.
Since history repeats itself, the Twin Towers may be victims of terror but they will also be icons of victory.
I have been shown a very moving display that Fort William Henry is installing this week in the "crypt" of the courtyard where five victims of the massacre were found. This display is part of planned projects whose
purpose will be to enhance the site experience for all visitors. Museum curator Jerry Bradfield
[SEE REVIEW OF HIS BOOK] has given me an overview of plans that will be
innovative and exciting additions to Fort William Henry.
My warmest regards, Tim
& Inauguration In Quebec City!
The inaugural date concerning the ceremonies in Québec City about the newly
discovered Seven Years War Cemetery I did talk to you long time ago is
schedule for Thursday, 11 October 2001 at 16 hours (4.00 PM).
All of the F&I War reenactors are invited to join us for this once in a
life time experience. They must arrived first at the cemetery located at
260 Boulevard Langelier in Québec City at 1.00 PM.
The ceremonies under the presidency of Québec Prime Minister, Monsieur
Bernard Landry, with the diplomatic corps (France and United Kingdom) will
be divide in two parts :
1- A funeral convoy and the translation of the remains of Louis-Joseph marquis de Montcalm to the small Québec General
Hospital Cemetery, burial ground of over one thousand soldiers, sailors and
Canadian militias of Montcalm's army.
2 - The inauguration of the Seven Years War Memorial on which monument are
inscribe by regiments, the names of all Montcalm's soldiers being buried in
the cemetery. There are also some Wolfe's soldiers buried in the cemetery
so their names are also inscribed on the memorial.
We will proceed at the translation of the remains of Lieutenant General
Montcalm, commander in chief of the French army in North America during the
Seven Years War. After being mortally wounded at the battle of the Plains
of Abraham (September 13, 1759), he died the day after and was buried in
the chapel of the Ursulines nuns.
A funeral convoy with Montcalm's coffin and music will leave the Ursulines
chapel nuns at 4.00 PM (rue du Parloir) and the procession will walk (with
military music band) through the old city in direction of the cemetery.
We will then transfer his remains into a sarcophagus inside a specially
build mausoleum. Montcalm's Mausoleum is inside the cemetery which still
belongs to the Augustine's nuns. In doing so, Montcalm will be reunited with
his soldiers, 242 years later.
After that ceremony with the Archbishop of Québec, people will be invited
to walk 75 feet inside the cemetery for the inauguration of the Seven Years
Here are the majors characteristics of the cemetery :
1 - It is the only cemetery left in the world to bear witness of the Seven
Years War, the real first world war (550 000 dead). We do have the names of
over one thousand soldiers of Montcalm's army.
2 - It hold in its entrails the highest of concentration in the world of
Knights of Saint-Louis (Chevaliers de Saint-Louis), the highest French
military decoration before the Révolution. There are 17 of them (18 with
3 - The registration by the Augustine's nuns of the dead simple soldiers (not
only the aristocrats) and the maintenance of their burial ground since 242
years was a first in history of mankind. They kept their secret for 240
4 - The cemetery was open in 1710, the oldest in Quebec City and still in
use although it is very small (150 feet X 250 feet)
5 - It is the oldest war cemetery in Canada and was declared in 1999, a
"National Historical Site" by the federal government.
In the future, this national site of memory will become THE site for all
kind of commemoration and historical celebration about New-France. It is
really an open air museum with its historical panels, historical plaques,
the Memorial, the Montcalm's Mausoleum, the big sculpture of Pascale Archambault Passage without return (Traversée sans
I will be grateful to you if you can inform your reenactors friends of that very special event and tell them they are welcome.
Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec
THE FORT DISPATCHES:
ON THE SCENE AT FORT WILLIAM HENRY
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... FIRST DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... SECOND DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... THIRD DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... FOURTH DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... SIXTH DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... SEVENTH DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... EIGHTH DISPATCH
FROM THE RAMPARTS ... NINTH DISPATCH
LAKE GEORGE/FORT AREA MAP
ORIGINAL TIM CORDELL HISTORICAL FICTION:
See a relic from the
bottom of Lake George!
FOR A DETAILED LOOK AT SOME OF THE
ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK AT FORT WILLIAM HENRY- AND OTHER F&I WAR SITES - GO TO:
FORT WILLIAM HENRY ... The Siege & Massacre
FORT WILLIAM HENRY ... Digging for Clues
DEATH OF LORD HOWE
New book on Fort William Henry!