Fifteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution

September 20-22, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Sixteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution on September 20-22, 2019, in the Mars Education Center. This seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.

Over 120 participants—people with a deep interest in the American Revolution—join us each year for this weekend seminar. Leading authorities and new scholars on the period share their latest research in a series of presentations. The seminar provides participants with an opportunity to listen to and interact with the presenters in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Participation is limited and is by pre-registration only.

Keynote Speaker:

Nathanael Greene and the Road to CharlestonThis presentation covers the critical two and a half year campaign in the Carolina's and Georgia that drove a harried Lord Cornwallis to his American destiny at Yorktown. Besides descriptions of major battles, the story includes the nightmarish problems faced by Major General Nathanael Greene: logistics, savage civil war, and politics. John Buchanan is the author of The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas;The Road to Valley Forge: How Washington Built the Army That Won the Revolution;Jackson's Way: Andrew Jackson and the People of the Western Waters; and The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution.

Additional Sessions:

Our Kahnawake Friends:  America’s Essential Indian Allies in the Canadian CampaignIn the early days of the Revolutionary War, the powerful Kahnawake Mohawk nation influenced the thirteen colonies’ decision to invade Canada and directly impacted the course of the subsequent 1775-1776 campaign. This lecture will examine Kahnawakes’ pro-American diplomatic and military efforts that led British officials to singularly condemn them as irredeemable “Bostonians.” Mark R. Anderson is an independent historian and author of two books examining the American Revolution in Canada.

“Let us unanimously lay aside foreign Superfluities”: The Intersections of Textile Production and British Subjecthood in the 1760sRhode Island's Newport Mercury published multiple articles from both Loyalist and Patriotidentifying colonists advocating for home textile production in the 1760s. Both sides began with a belief that their identities as textile producing Britains allowed them to claim the rights and protections of British subjecthood and this paper explores the ways in which these arguments both evolved and diverged in the decade before the American Revolution. Abby Chandler is an Associate Professor of Early American History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is currently working on a book project examining political rebellions in North Carolina and Rhode Island in the 1760s.

Loyalty and Loyalism: Henry Knox and the American Revolution as a Transatlantic Family StruggleOn the eve of the Revolutionary War, Washington’s future artillery commander Henry Knox married Lucy Flucker, a member of an influential Loyalist clan and the daughter of Massachusetts Bay’s Royal Secretary. This lecture will explore and analyze the bitter transatlantic family struggle that ensued after Lexington and Concord and which shattered this once close family. Phillip Hamilton is Professor of History at Christopher Newport University and is the author and editor of several books on America’s revolutionary era.

Promises to Keep: French-Canadian Soldiers of the Revolution, 1775-1783The Continental Army's failed invasion of Quebec brought French Canadians into its ranks; in New York State, it also led to an early American refugee crisis. During and after the War of Independence, exiled Canadians' calls for adequate compensation for their sacrifices revealed the limits and possibilities of the Revolutionary experiment. Patrick Lacroix, Ph.D., is a historian of American religion and immigration and currently teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, N.H.).

The Proclamation of 1763 and the Idea of a Beautiful America—British policy in the Americas made two dramatic turns in 1763: Britain formally ceded many of its Seven Years’ War prizes to France and Spain in return for Canada and Florida; and the Proclamation of 1763 halted settlement and land sales west of the Appalachian Mountains. These two policies are best understood not as apart of the give-and-take of peace negotiations and imperial administration, but rather as emblems of an emerging British aesthetic of empire in the middle decades of the 1700s. Robert Paulett is an associate professor of history at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the author of An Empire in Small Places: Mapping the Southeastern Anglo-Indian Trade, 1732-1795.

 “’Twas a Duty Incumbent on Me”: The Indigenous & Transatlantic Intimacies of George Galphin, the American Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the SouthThis lecture will examine the intimate connections that George Galphin, the revolutionaries' commissioner of Indian affairs in the South from 1775-1780, cultivated in the Native American South, the British and Spanish Empires, and the transatlantic world of trade, all of which he brought to bear against the British during the Revolutionary War. Bryan C. Rindfleisch teaches history at Marquette University and is the author of the book, George Galphin's Intimate Empire: The Creek Indians, Family, and Colonialism in Early America.

 “I Hope…We Shall Ever Be on Terms of Friendship”: The Politically Divided Tilghman FamilyDuring the Revolutionary War, Loyalist James Tilghman had a son in the Continental Army, a son in the Royal Navy, a son with the East India Company, and a brother in the Continental Congress. This lecture will reveal, in their own words, how the Tilghmans reacted to decisions, actions, and political leanings of various family members. Jessica J. Sheets is a Research Historian at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg.

 “To Live a Widow”: Personal Sacrifice and Self-Sufficiency in the American RevolutionDuring the Revolutionary War, women with absent husbands frequently referred to themselves as windows. This paper analyzes this rhetorical decision as more than an expression of temporary loss, arguing that it served as a legitimization for navigating economic autonomy in the era of coverture. Alisa Wade teaches history at the University of British Columbia and researches the intersections of gender and capitalism in early America.

Download a Registration Form for the 2019 Seminar on the American Revolution

Teacher Scholarships

Thanks to generous support from Seminar patrons, Fort Ticonderoga offers scholarships for K12 school teacher who are first-time attendees at the Seminar on the American Revolution. Since 2001, Fort Ticonderoga has provided 57 teacher scholarships for the Seminar on the American Revolution.

Teachers wishing to apply for a scholarship should download a PDF of the application below and send it to Rich Strum, Director of Education. The application deadline is August 15, 2019.

Teacher Scholarship Application

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