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Fort Ticonderoga presents the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 21-23, 2018. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence. The Seminar takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

Did you know that Paul Revere faced a court-martial? Did you know the American artist of well-known paintings like “Declaration of Independence” and “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” served with the Continental Army at Ticonderoga in 1776? These two topics and more will be highlighted during the Annual Seminar on the American Revolution.

Since 2004, the Seminar on the American Revolution has become a noted national venue for presenters, featuring a mix of new and established scholars and a variety of topics on the War for American Independence. This year’s speakers include:

  • Dean Bruno, from North Carolina State University, “Why does the Almighty strike down the tree with lightning?”: The Sullivan Campaign of 1779, William Tecumseh Sherman, and the Creation of Memory.
  • Brady J. Crytzer, Robert Morris University, The White Sands of Freedom: The Patriot-Spanish Alliance to Capture British West Florida.
  • Rachel Engl, Lehigh University, “Live in love with, and in the exercise of kindness to my fellow-soldiers”: The Continental Army as America’s First Band of Brothers.
  • Michael Greenburg, author, The Court-Martial of Paul Revere.
  • Timothy Leech, Ohio State University, General Charles Lee in New York: Confronting Tories as well as the Boundaries of Military Authority.
  • Eric Schnitzer, Saratoga National Historical Park, Cook’s and Latimer’s Connecticut Militia Battalions and the Battles of Saratoga.
  • Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College, John Trumbull’s Revolution in the North Country.
  • Mary Stockwell, author, “This Horrid Trade of Blood”: The Revolutionary Transformation of Anthony Wayne.

The Seminar also features presentations by Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle on “A Coat Not My Own: Uniform Substitution in the Revolutionary Era” and Director of Academic Programs Richard Strum on “Convinced of the Necessity of preventing…Anarchy and Confusion”: Benedict Arnold’s Declaration of Principles and Its Place in Early Revolutionary History.

Registration for the Seminar is $155 per person, $135 for Fort Ticonderoga Members. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at

Fort Ticonderoga will also host a book signing in the Museum Store on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in conjunction with the Fifteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution. Six authors will sign copies of their books from 1:00-1:30 pm. The book signing event is included in the cost of admission; members of Fort Ticonderoga are admitted at no cost.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series century artillery collection of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution on September 21-23, 2018. Photo credit Carl Heilman II, copyright Fort Ticonderoga.