French and Indian War Ft. Edward Musket Balls
French and Indian War Ft. Edward Musket Balls. 2 available price per each. Very Rare site.
THE HISTORY OF FORT EDWARDIn 1700, the area known today as Fort Edward was still wilderness. Prior to the construction of any forts, the area was known by the old Indian name Wahcoloosencoochaleva or the “Great Carrying Place.”At this point on the Hudson River with rapids and falls, further travel by water to the north was not possible. The Native Americans would leave the Hudson at Bond Creek carrying their canoes overland to the headwaters of Lake Champlain.War played an important part in the early development of this area. Sir Francis Nicholson was sent here during Queen Anne’s War to erect a stockade and build a road to Fort Ann in 1709. This fortification because known as Fort Nicholson only to be abandoned shortly thereafter.In 1731, John Henry Lydius, a Dutchman from Albany, erected a fur trading post here known as Lydius House or Fort Lydius. This was Fort Edward’s first documented structure. A sketch of this house was included in a survey made by a Frenchman named Anger in 1732.Again, war caused the construction of another fort under the direction of Phinehas Lyman during the French and Indian War. Sir William Johnson changed the name of the Fort from Fort Lyman to Fort Edward on September 21, 1755. It was named in honor of Edward, Duke of York and Albany, grandson of George II and brother of George III. At this time a large military hospital complex was constructed on the island, presently known as Rogers Island.Shortly before the Revolutionary War, the fortifications were dismantled. Now the War of Independence put Fort Edward on the “Great War Path” once again. With the fortifications in ruins, Fort Edward was defenseless. Schuyler retreated to Saratoga and Fort Edward came under Burgoyne’s occupation. In 1777, an event took place here which has been said to have changed the course of the Revolution. With the tragic murder of Jane McCrea, many area settlers took up arms against the British and helped to cause Burgoyne’s defeat in Saratoga.