Harmon's Snowshoemen

Our Unit Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

Primarily our unit is made up of close friends who have come together to enjoy each other's company, camaraderie and areas of expertise, be they 18th C. warfare & tactics, 18th C. life, Fashion, Firearms or woods skills.

Specifically:
• Wherever...

Reecreating the Snowshoemen

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The Recreated Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen

Welcome! We are an Mid-18th century military reenactment group based in New England. We draw members from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York. Harmon's Company of Snowshoemen was formed in 1994 in preparation...

Clothing and Gear of the Snowshoemen

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In portraying New England snowshoemen, the militia laws provide a good beginning:

"Every listed souldier ... shall be alwayes provided with a well fixt firelock musket, of musket or bastard musket bore, the barrel not less then three foot and a half long, or other good...

Who were the men who served in the Snowshoe Companies ?

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Recent research points away from the theory that between 1689 and 1763 the provincial soldiers of New England were drawn increasingly from the outcasts and downtrodden in society, forced to serve by economic pressures or by the government through the press. The evidence seems...

Woods Warfare

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Woods Warfare

After too many years of watching reenactors trying to reenact woods warfare from the French war period, I thought a little perspective on woods warfare may be instructive. The purpose of this little article is to draw on references from the earlier conflicts in...

Woods Battle, Part I

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Woods Battle, Part I

In a previous article I discussed the development of tactics for woods warfare, beginning with Benjamin Church and carried through the early French wars. The next question is how did that translate into actual experience and how close do we come to that...

Woods Battle, Part II

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Woods Battle, Part II

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Provincial soldiers adopted many Indian tactics during the course of their long wars, especially the surprise and ambush. Scouting companies were ordered to "be silent in their Marches, and patient and...

Historical Info on Snowshoemen in Mass Bay Acts and Resolves

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Legislative Records of the Council, vlli, 40S. Mass. Archives, lxxl, 477. 1708/9

CHAPTER 24.
RESOLVE ALLOWING £.47,, 19, TO BE PD COLL. NOYES FOR SNOW SHOOEMEN.
Resolved That the Sum of forty Seven Pounds and nineteen Shilings, be allowed, & Paid out of the...

1724 Order Creating Snowshoe Companies

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Anno Regni Regis GEORGII, &c. Unducimo

At a Great & General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the MASSACHUSETTS BAY in NEW ENGLAND, begun & Held at BOSTON upon Wednesday the 27th Day of MAY, Anno Dom. 1724. being the last Wednesday of said Month, and...

Background on Historical Snowshoe Companies

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The New England colonies learned early on that to defend the frontier against native war parties it was crucial to meet them on their own terms. This meant having scouting parties ranging the woods in all times of the year. In Queen Anne’s War the government of Massachusetts ordered...

Pictures of Harmon's Snowshoemen
On the trail, NH 2002
Jeremy at Fort #4
4 of the snowshoemen at Fort Ticonderoga
Ken after the rain at Fort Ticonderoga 2008
The men line up to fight at Ft Ti. 2008
Louisbourg, July 2008
Paul at Fortress Louisbourg, Cape Bretton, NS
Harmon's firing line