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Near Lake George in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr.

 
 
Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
1. Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. Marker
Within minutes of this marker are several others which relate to the event.
Inscription. On this site in 1755, Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. was buried after his death in the battle called "Bloody Morning Scout," a skirmish that opened the Battle of Lake George. Ephraim Williams, Jr. is best known as the Founder of Williams College, a liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Outnumbered and ambushed

On September 8, 1775, after the sighting of French and Indians in the area, Colonel Williams, commander of 1,000 New England sodiers and 200 Indians, was sent from Lake George to Fort Edward to assist in protection of that critical supply base. On the way, his force was ambushed by 1,400 French and Indians, led by one of the most experienced professional soldiers to arrive from France, Baron de Dieskau.

When Williams fell, two soldiers in his regiment concealed his body in the brush so that it would not be disturbed. On the day after the battle, 136 bodies were buried, including that of Col. Ephraim Williams, Jr. on this spot.

Not a final resting place

In 1834, Dr. William H. williams of Raleigh, North Carolina, the nephew of Ephraim Williams, Jr. located his uncle's grave, removed the skull and carried it away. Twenty years later, Williams College alumni placed a large rock over the site and had engraved into it the initials "E.W."

Inn 1920, the
Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
2. Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. Marker
Marker is in the distance looking south on US Route 9. To the right, out of view, is the fenced in rock showing Colonel Ehpraim Williams, Jr. initial resting place.
Trustees of Williams College arranged for the transfer of the remains of Ephaim Williams, Jr. from this site to the vault of the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College, where they are still interred.

Providing for the future

A few months before his death Ephraim Williams, Jr. wrote a will that provided the funds to start a free school near his home at Fort Massachusetts. That school became Williams College in 1793 and remains a fitting tribute to its Founder.

The Mohawk Chief Hendrick

Also killed during the Bloody Morning Scout was Chief Theyanoquin, a sachem or chief of the Mohawks, named Hendrick by the Dutch. He was renowned for his wisdom and skill as an orator. Born near Westfield, Massachusetts around 1685, reputedly Mahican by birth and Mohawk by adoption, Hendrick supported the British cause in the French and Indian War.
 
Erected by Williams Society of Alumni.
 
Location. 43° 22.533′ N, 73° 42.033′ W. Marker is near Lake George, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on Glens Falls Lake George Road (U.S. 9) 0.4 miles north of State Route 149 intersection (U.S. 149), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake George NY 12845, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Path to rock marking Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s initial resting place. Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
3. Path to rock marking Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s initial resting place.
A short distance from the marker is this fenced in area, marking the initial resting place of Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr.
other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. Williams Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); French Mtn. Hamlet (approx. half a mile away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. half a mile away); Bloody Pond (approx. one mile away); Five Mile Run (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort George (approx. 2.8 miles away); Adirondack Forest Preserve (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake George.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right of the marker is a picture of Colonel Ephraim Williams, Jr. falling in battle. It was provided for use on the marker courtesy of the Chapman Historical Museum in Glen Falls, NY.

In the middle right of the marker is a picture of the Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts. As mentioned on the marker, Col. Ephraim Williams, Jr.'s final resting place is in the Thompson Memorial Chapel.

In the middle left of the marker is a picture of Chief Hendrick, provided for use on the marker courtesy of the Williams College archives.
 
Categories. EducationWar, French and Indian
 
 
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