(Ticonderoga, NY) Step into the fight for independence at Fort Ticonderoga’s July 5th 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Living History Event! Highlighted programming featured throughout the day brings to life the details of the American evacuation of Ticonderoga. Discover how General John Burgoyne succeeded in capturing Fort Ticonderoga, but failed to capture its soldiers. Thrill at the power of artillery during a special evening program and cannon demonstration a-top Mount Defiance. Be part of the action as living history demonstrations bring to life the weapons, tactics, trades, and people who were swept up into these momentous events! For more information and for a detailed schedule of this event visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call (518) 585-2821.
“Every year is a new experience at Fort Ticonderoga. This year’s focus on 1777, the turning point of the American Revolution, gives us a particularly unique opportunity to tell two stories – the American held fort through July 5 and then the British held fort beginning July 6,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real story of our past to life through unforgettable programs such as the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga offers Fort Ticonderoga a singular opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of this place in the founding of America.”
About the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga
On July 1st 1777, British General John Burgoyne’s army, carried by flotilla and marching down the lake side, arrived just north of Ticonderoga. Light infantry under Brigadier Simon Fraser infiltrated around the western side of the vast network of American fortifications at Ticonderoga. Fraser’s troops crossed the river leading to Lake George and circled around the southern side of Ticonderoga. They proceeded to climb Mount Defiance and witness the heights that dominated the American positions in both Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. The British dragged guns to the summit and opened fire.
After consulting a council of war, American General St. Clair committed to abandoning Ticonderoga to retreat south. During the night of July 5/6 1777, the American troops left the fort with such supplies as they could move in the time and then proceeded to row across to the landings beneath Mount Independence. The secrecy of the move was destroyed by a French officer, Colonel Roche de Fermoy, who set fire to his house on the summit of the hill, lighting up the bay beneath, with its flotilla of boats carrying the American troops across the water. Ticonderoga was again in British hands and available as a base for their operations south towards Albany.