The Ranger Gazette

LAST MODIFIED: 3 March 2017



Welcome to The Ranger Gazette. Designed to be a newsletter for unit members, it is also a means to provide information to casual site visitors. While there is no guarantee that it will be published on a regular basis, I hope to update it each quarter with newly learned content.

Submissions for future issues would be welcome. They should focus on notices and reviews of events, research in progress, recent acquisitions, media events, and publications of interest. They may be submitted by anyone who has an interest and I will consider them. They may be sent to my email address george@frontiernet.net.


250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War Has Ended

Though the 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War ended in 2010, these years were marked with many events commemorating major events of the war that included lectures, displays and battle reenactments at many locations and historic sites where the actual events occurred. New York State commemorated battles that were fought at Lake George (2005), Fort Bull and Fort Ontario (2006), Fort William Henry (2007), Fort Ticonderoga (2008), Fort Niagara (2009), and Fort La Presentation (2010).

New York State was also the only state to create a French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commemorative Commission which was signed into law on November 23, 2004 by former New York Governor George Pataki. During the years of the Commission's tenure it was instrumental for providing funding for special events and the events mentioned above commemorating the conflict. It also was responsible for creating an informative and illustrated poster relating to the war in New York State for the use of teachers in New York State classrooms.

Another major accomplishment was the digitizing of the Sir William Johnson Papers which is available on a cd for $20 or on the internet at the New York State Library's website. To order the cd or link to the digital content on the internet go to this website:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/ann/johnsoncd.htm

The commission also worked along with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Inc. to publish Waterways of War, The Struggle for Empire 1754-1763, A Traveler's Guide to the French and Indian War Forts and Battlefields along America's Byways in New York and Pennsylvania" providing a traveler along the Seaway Trail in New York and Pennsylvania to become acquainted with and visit the many sites along that route pertaining to the French and Indian War.  This book is available for $9.95 and can be ordered at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 

Major Bray was honored to have been able to have been a part of this commission and work with his fellow commissioners.

Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY

The Fort Ticonderoga War College of the Seven Years' War will be held on May 19-21, 2017.  The War College is held in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center within the fort's interior. It represents the reconstruction of the magaisin du Roi destroyed in 1759 by the French upon their evacuation of the fort.

2017 Speakers include:

For more information go to http://www.fortticonderoga.org/education/workshop-seminars/war-college.

Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY

1)  Fort Niagara sells a revised and expanded edition of Captain Pierre Pouchot's "Memoirs on the Late War in North America between France and England" translated by Michael Cardy and annotated by the fort's former director Brian Leigh Dunnigan.  It includes new research, updates to the annotations, an appending of a "Journal of Indian Affairs, 1757", and additional illustrations.  It is hard covered, contains 640 pages and is $39.95 (or $29.95 for Old Fort Niagara members). 

Also at the same site, Brian Dunnigan's book "Siege - 1759, The Campaign Against Niagara" is also available for sale for $14.95 which documents the British capture of the fortress from the French in July, 1759.

2) Also available is a DVD of the 250th Anniversary French and Indian War event held at Fort Niagara.

3)  This year's French and Indian War Encampment, 1-3 July 2014, will mark the 38th anniversary of this annual event. There will be Native councils, artillery bombardments, a lacrosse game and battle scenarios throughout the three day weekend.  This annual event commemorates the 1759 siege in which the English successfully captured the fort from the French who had held it since 1726.  Major Bray will also be presenting his lecture on Lieutenant Colonel John Bradstreet and the Fall of Fort Frontenac on the evening of 2 July in the Fort Niagara Visitor Center at 7:30 PM.

Fort Dobbs, Statesville, North Carolina

Fort Dobbs, NC was a fortification in North Carolina that was named after the Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.  This site is currently starting to build the blockhouse like structure that defended this part of the North Carolina frontier.  We look forward to how the project progresses.

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Other Relative Items

Major Bray will be presenting his lecture on Lieutenant Colonel John Bradstreet at two other locations in addition to the Fort Ticonderoga War College and Fort Niagara French and Indian War Encampment.  The first will be delivered in Oswego, New York on 22 April 2017 at the Best Western Hotel, 26 East 1st Street at 9:00 AM as part of the Fort Ontario History & Archeology Conference.  For more information go to Fort Ontario History & Archeology Conference.

The second lecture will be held at the Rome Historical Society, 200 Church Street, Rome, New York during the Memorial Day Weekend.  Specific date and time to be announced here later.

If you would be interested in what 18th century chocolate tastes like (and it is different than that we eat or drink today), check out American Heritage Chocolate.  You can also try it during the weekend of 17 - 18 June 2017 at Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York where a representative from Mars Chocolate will be offering samples of the drink for those interested in tasting it.

Items for Sale

If you are looking for "a lighter blue bonnet, heavily felted, thick and heavy for extended wear" of navy or plain blue color and with or without the red trim, contact Judy DeJonge at mdejonge3@aol.com.   Bonnets are $35 plus shipping and handling.

Additional French and Indian War Events

The Braddock Road Preservation Association sponsors an Annual French and Indian War seminar the first weekend of November pertaining to subjects relative to the conflict at the Jumonville Christian Camp and Retreat Center, 887 Jumonville Rd., Hopwood, PA 15445.  For more information visit http://www.braddockroadpa.org/seminar_current.html

Films of the French and Indian War

1)  A film which Major Bray and Major Fitzgerald participated in was for the BBC series "Ray Mear's Extreme Survival".  It documents the conditions and methods of survival that the rangers endured on Rogers' most famous expedition of the war.  It can be found on YouTube in six parts.

3)  Another British film on the French and Indian War, part oF the series The History of Warfare, is entitled "The French and Indian Wars". It also portrays reenactors covering various campaigns of this war and Major Bray also provides historical input for it.  It was produced by Cromwell Productions in 1999, and has been aired on the History Channel in the past.

4) "The Battle of Bushy Run" was produced in 1997 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  You can probably obtain a copy of this film about an incident during the Pontiac War from them by writing PO Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108.

5)  Two recently made films about the war entitled "When the Forest Ran Red" and "George Washington's First War: The Battle for Fort Duquesne (sequel to the Forest Ran Red)" are available from Paladin Films @ http://www.paladincom.com/ordernow.html.

6)  A new film to commemorate the French and Indian War entitled "The War That Made America" was aired by PBS in January.   For more information, go to the following link: http://www.pbs.org/thewarthatmadeamerica/index.html

7)  Mountain Lake PBS produced a film on the French and Indian War entitled "The Forgotten War",.  For more information on this film go to http://www.forgottenwaronline.org/  Major Bray was also pleased to have been involved in this production.

Manuscripts by Major Bray

If you would like to read a couple of articles by Major George A. Bray III pertaining to the French and Indian War, click on the links below:

   Major George Scott's Irregulars at Louisbourg 1758

   Scalping During the French and Indian War


If any readers desire to comment on anything found in this newsletter, please contact me at my email address george@frontiernet.net. Also, if anyone has anything they would like to contribute feel free to do the same.