A Day Longer in the Field

Provincial Soldiers Guard and Rebuild Fort Ticonderoga

Living History Weekend

February 15 & 16, 2014

Tempered by three days of continuous bombardment by French gunners at Fort Carillon, British and American provincial soldiers watched its magazines explode before their guns could even open fire on July 26th, 1759. These same soldiers would discover Fort Saint Frederic destroyed at Crown Point by August 4th. General Amherst put these soldiers to work building a fleet for Lake Champlain, building a new Fort at Crown Point, and repairing the newly christened Fort Ticonderoga. Late summer turned to fall and the invasion of Canada stalled. Provincial soldiers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey grew restless to go home. General Amherst reminded them of their duty.

All the Officers and Men of the above Troops are to be informed of this by their respective commanding Officers and to be assured that the General will not keep them a Day longer in the Field then what is absolutely necessary for the Security and Preservation of his Majesty’s faithful Subjects in America, and to put it out of the Power of the Enemy to make any incursions on the Inhabitants, which will be effectually done on securing the Posts at Crown Point.

—Orderly Commissary Wilson, October 23rd, 1759.

Join the provincial soldiers sent back from Crown Point to Fort Ticonderoga. Whether too sick for front-line service, or sent to work on the repair of the Fort, these American soldiers survived the last days of their service in the late fall of 1759. Explore what life was like at this newly captured fort, as well as the mechanical skills used to repair the damage of French gunpowder. Delve deeper into the service of provincial soldiers as patriotic British subjects while using their time at Ticonderoga as a training ground for revolution.

Saturday & Sunday

10:00 AM Fort Opens for Visitation

10:15 AM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Discover how, during a four-day siege, General Amherst’s army finally achieved the goal of four campaign seasons. Learn how Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain fit into the campaign to capture New France.

11:00 AM Musket Demonstration (Fort Demonstration Area)

See how provincial soldiers, using an array of British army muskets, civilian fowlers, and captured French fusils, used their firelocks.

11:30 AM “All the Workmen and Labourers” (Beginning at the American Flag)

March out to meet the provincial soldiers hard at work in the woods felling trees for firewood and to repair the walls of the newly christened Fort Ticonderoga. Hiking boots and winter clothing recommended.

12:30 PM “an Encouragement to the Soldiers who shall proceed in this Year’s Campaign” (in the Mars Education Center)

Explore how Massachusetts provincial soldiers were raised and supplied for the campaign, including how soldiers were recruited, and the role of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

1:15 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Discover how, during a four-day siege, General Amherst’s army finally achieved the goal of four campaign seasons. Learn how Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain fit into the campaign to capture New France.

2:30 PM Musket Demonstration (Fort Demonstration Area)

See how provincial soldiers, using an array of British army muskets, civilian fowlers, and captured French fusils, used their firelocks.

3:00 PM Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American Flag)

Discover how, during a four-day siege, General Amherst’s army finally achieved the goal of four campaign seasons. Learn how Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain fit into the campaign to capture New France.

4:00 PM Fort Closes to Visitors

Available All Day Saturday & Sunday

Tailor and Shoe Shop (Second Floor of the Officers Barracks)

There’s nothing wrong with a little entrepreneurship, even while in the service of His Majesty’s arms. It could pay off to be a shoemaker or tailor in the army, with no lack of need for your services. Explore how these skills could be put to use on campaign.

Soldier’s Quarters (Ground Floor of the Officers Barracks)

See what meager quarters provincial soldiers could cobble together inside the heavily damaged and captured French Fort, as they recuperated from the fatigue of a long campaign.

Soldier’s Life (Fort Parade)

Stand with American soldiers, wrapped in their lapelled coats and leggings, as they go through their daily duties to stay alive. Whether cooking up their rations, cleaning their guns, or even washing their laundry, learn more about how these provincial soldiers took care of themselves as they worked and prepared to return home.

“It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt” (Ground Floor of the Soldiers Barracks)

This exhibit examines wounds, disease, injury, and the treatment of these ailments for soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.

Pork, Pigeon, & Pottery (Ground Floor of the Soldiers Barracks)

In this exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, explore the meals of soldiers and officers who served inside this “Old French Fort.”

Re-enactor Clothing & Equipment Guidelines

Amherst's Regulars & Provincials