Living History Event: The Enemy is Refortifying Ticonderoga

November 10, 2018

As General Washington reveled in his victory at Yorktown in October 1781, British and Loyalist forces assembled at Ticonderoga to attempt a push down the Champlain Valley to control this strategic North American waterway. Witness as soldiers and sailors work to resurrect old cannons thrown in the lake in 1777 by evacuating armies. Witness tradesmen of the British army diligently repairing remnants of the fort to secure the vital ground at Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga honors American Veterans with a one-time-only exhibit displayed during the Enemy is Refortifying Ticonderoga living history event. This exhibit will display the knapsack and accompanying note carried by Connecticut soldier, Benjamin Warner, during his service with the Continental Army and is considered one of the rarest and most fragile artifacts to survive from the Revolutionary War. As a veteran of some of the most difficult campaigns of the Revolution, Warner preserved his pack with a note to his children to keep it for posterity as a humble but lasting reminder of the sacrifices made to achieve independence and liberty. Read more.

Event tickets are $12.00. Free admission is offered to Veterans, Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ambassador Pass holders, and children age 4 and under. The event runs from 10:00am-4:00pm. 

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As General Washington reveled in his victory at Yorktown in October 1781, British and Loyalist forces assembled at Ticonderoga to attempt a push down the Champlain Valley. On November 2nd, 1781 American General Philip Schuyler frantically wrote to General George Washington of the alarming situation at Ticonderoga:

 

The  enemy  are  refortifying  Ticonderoga,  General  Enos  of  Vermont  says that  on  the  26th ultimo  they  had  already  covered  the  largest  barrack  and  had  two  hundred  cattle  employed  in  drawing  materials  for  the  repairs  of  the  fort.  A  Vermont  scout consisting  of  a  sergeant  and  seven  men  fell  into  the  enemy's  hands.    The  sergeant  was  killed  and  the  others  were  carried  to  Ticonderoga.