Book will examine war hero's
courtesy of Matthew Sturdevant/The
Post Star, Glens Falls
The famed hero of the French-Indian War
resorted to cannibalism once and, on a separate occasion, he was freed
from prison by a band of drunken, ax-toting Redcoats, according to a
biographer of Robert Rogers.
Robert Rogers was a swashbuckling
marauder whose life took him all over the globe during the 18th century,
and adventurous chaos seemed to follow, according to historian and
illustrator Gary Stephen Zaboly of the Bronx.
Zaboly has been commissioned to write a biography of Robert
Rogers by a Long Island man, Frank Nastasi, who owns a portion of Rogers
Island, which is named for Rogers. The nearly 800-page book is expected
to be on store shelves in a year and a half.
Zaboly and Nastasi have traveled all over the eastern half of
the United States, to Scotland and to Ireland, searching for information
The two men have
studied Rogers' life for about 30 years and have conflicting views about
where he died and where he is buried.
Rogers is famous for using Indian guerrilla tactics to fight
the French and their Indian allies in the French & Indian War,
Later, when he
remained loyal to England during the Revolution, he was ordered
imprisoned by George Washington in 1776 on charges that he was a
Zaboly found written
notes telling that Rogers had been freed in a prison break, along with
all of the other inmates.
a hundred Redcoats stormed the jailhouse with bayonets and axes,"
Zaboly said. "They went through New York in a drunken rampage. ...
It was like an old western movie."
On a separate occasion, in what is now St. Francis, Quebec,
Rogers' men were starving when they found a plump, Indian squaw that
they killed and ate, Zaboly said. Written notes about the incident
indicate that Rogers felt some shame about resorting to cannibalism.
Rogers lived in poverty in London at the end of his life in the
Other books about Rogers
claim he's buried in a lot that was destroyed by German bombs during
World War II and later made into a paved park. But Nastasi said Rogers
might be buried in the Dunbarton Cemetery in Bow, N.H., near the remains
of his older brother, Samuel, across the street from where their
childhood home stood in the 1730s.
went back to the cemetery for a second time in May of this year, and
through ground-penetrating radar, found an unmarked grave, 3-1/2 feet
deep, in the middle of the cemetery. He requested permission from the
trustees of the cemetery to probe again, but they said no.
Zaboly thinks Rogers is buried overseas.
"Personally, I think his remains are in England because he
was banned from coming back to New Hampshire," Zaboly said.
"It kind of doesn't make sense that the locals would allow him to
be buried in New Hampshire when he was considered a Loyalist. But who
A Report Of An Incursion
Into French Canada, August, 2002
Montreal is about 150 miles
north of Fort William Henry on Lake George. I had known for some time
that the French were
celebrating their 18th century “Market Days” and fur fair
in the latter part of August and I wanted to take part in it
The Museum of Archaeology at
Pointe a’ Calliere which hosts the event sits directly on the exact
spot of the founding of Montreal. It is where Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance
and their companions landed to plant the French flag in May of 1642. It
is also the spot where I stepped ashore into crowds of habitants,
soldiers and allied Indians. I had no idea of how I would be received
and so I (nervously) waded into the noise, color and excitement of the
When I was eventually
recognized as an “Anglais”, I was brought before directors at the
headquarters of the museum. To my relief, I was given every
consideration and a most unexpected and gracious welcome!
I urge all who seek a unique
18th century experience to attend the Fair next August. For
further info: www.pacmuseum.qc.ca.
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Les Amerindiens Montagnais
Place Royale - On the spot of the
founding of Montreal
Monsieur Deni Blanchet [r] and his
Tim's better half, Diane, &
Francine Labrosse on the Musee de
Archaeology - Point A Calliere
Padre Rene-Charles de Breslay
[center] & Payson Pierre Laliberte [r]
A few of the dozens of market
stalls in the "Old Town"
Children were able to "dress
up" courtesy of the Musee de Archaeology
A ceremony at Place Royale
Saratoga 225th Battle Anniversary October 12,
I have been attending
reenactments for 26 years. I have never seen anything like the recreated
Battle Of Saratoga. Thousands of troops in correct formations, cavalry,
cannon and the sounds of battle left no doubt that we were experiencing
the 18th century event in the truest sense.
For more new photos and info
on the event please go to www.saratoga225th.org Click
into “New Photos” --It
will knock your stockings off!
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Benedict Arnold [on horse] reviews
American troops going into battle
British troops parade before
American troops marching into
battle - note Domine [Preacher] praying for the men [center left]
More troops of the American right
The American right marching into
battle - over 1,000 strong
The American left - over 1,000
Aftermath of battle - one of the
The Fort At Number 4, October 6th and 26th
Anyone with an interest in The
The Mohicans and the time period in which it takes place
should note our weather. I have included pictures of a visit to No. 4 on
October 6th and again on October 26th. In
20 days we went from late summer to miserable winter. Coming across and
over the Green Mountain highlands
of Vermont on the 26th was an abrupt introduction to early
Fort Number 4 (The 4th
plantation along the upper Connecticut river valley) was actually a
fortified village. It was under attack throughout the French &
Indian war of 1746-1749 and was a prominent northern post in the last
French war 1755-1760. It was to Number 4 that Rogers returned after his
famous raid on the Canadian Indian village of St. Francis.
Fort Number 4 is as close to
a real frontier colonial experience as you can get. Please view the site
on the internet: www.fortat4.org
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The Great Chamber & South Gate
Same view ... 20 days later
It's hard to shake off the cold of
an early first snow
John Soule - a most gracious host
of Fort #4 - and his wife
Staying close to the fire
Captain John Stark [r]
no caption available
warmest regards to all, Tim Cordell
November 10, 2002
[whose smiling face can be seen gracing several of these
pics ... R.F]
called the Battle on Snowshoes has
been recently completed. The film should be of interest seeing as how it
was shot in the Lake George and Champlain Valley using
reenactors. It also features interviews with George Bray [This Site's
Historian], Tim Todish, Bob
Bearor and Ed Dodge.
Catch a sneak peek at:
A Hidden Gem
courtesy of the Fort
The past comes alive at the Fort at No. 4! Travel back in time to the 1740's.
Have an unforgettable experience in the authentic reconstruction of the
1744 settlement of Charlestown, New Hampshire. Tour with guides dressed
as the original settlers of No. 4 as they take you through the gates of
our heritage. Demonstrations of hearth cooking, musket firings, military
drill and much more are conducted daily.
The No. 4 Township was first settled by families from
Massachusetts and was the northwestern most English-speaking village in
New England. The isolation of this community made it vulnerable to
attack by French and Indians during their wars with Britain! The
settlers turned their town into a Fort. This important piece of history
has been rebuilt, for the entire family to experience & enjoy.
The Fort at No. 4 recreates life of the eastern frontier
during the French & Indian War Era. Within the log stockade are
province houses, lean-tos, a Great Hall and watch tower. Outside the
palisade walls are a working blacksmith shop and two 18th century barns.
Come, visit our furnished province houses; special exhibits
are featured in the lean-to buildings; our costumed staff will bring to
life the spirit of Number Four. Skills of the time are demonstrated
Located on Route 11 approximately one mile north of the
village of Charlestown; one-half mile south of the Springfield,
VT-Charlestown, NH exit No. 7 off I-91. Open daily, Memorial Day Weekend
through late October.
Fort is open daily, Thursday through Monday, June 5th until Oct. 31st.
Hours are 10am to 4:30pm in the Fort, 10am to 5pm in the Gift Shop
Address: Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum
Springfield Road, RT 11
Post Office Box 1336
Charlestown, NH 03603
is charged. Group and School tours may be arranged by appointment!
The Fort at No. 4 is a private, non-profit corporation.