British and American Armies will once again fight for control of Fort Ticonderoga during the “Struggle for Liberty.” The re-enactment will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the fort.
British and American Armies will once again fight for control of Fort Ticonderoga during the “Struggle for Liberty.”
The re-enactment will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the fort.
“Experience a court martial proceeding, thrill at cannon demonstrations, and be part of the story as visitors are immersed in a skirmish each day, following the commands of the Continental officers leading on horseback,” Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director, said. “Visitors can purchase wares from period merchants and worship in an 18th-century Divine Service Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.”
The “Struggle for Liberty” re-enactment focuses on the fall of 1776 at Fort Ticonderoga.
Throughout the weekend, Fort Ticonderoga will have re-enactors portraying the Continental Army in 1776 camped in and around the fort walls. Visitors can experience the life of the soldiers and loyalists of the British advanced guard in their camp adjacent to the King’s Garden, the site of Fort Ticonderoga’s 18th-century Garrison Garden.
“Visitors will be immersed along side the staff of the Continental Army as they send patrols of men to find the advancing British Army,” Hill said. “Continental officers will discuss the American strategy in 1776, as visitors explore the immense efforts to rebuild the American Army.”
The schedule each day includes: troop inspection at 10 a.m., deployment of American and British patrols at 10:30 a.m., an artillery demonstration at 11:30 a.m., a British court martial at noon, a skirmish at 1:30 p.m., a Northern Army program at 3 p.m. and a musket demonstration at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday’s events will also include a presentation by author James Nelson on “With Fire & Sword, Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution” as well as a program on sutlers at 4 p.m.
Sunday’s events will also include the Divine Service at 9:30 a.m. on the fort parade ground and a presentation by author, Williard Stearne Randall on “Ethan Allen, a Life” at 11:30 a.m.
“Fort Ticonderoga’s story in 1776 is often overlooked,” Hill said. “While 1775 featured Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold’s capture of this fort, and 1777 saw General Burgoyne seize Ticonderoga once more, 1776 was a major rebuilding year for the Continental Army at Fort Ticonderoga. In order to block the British advance down Lake Champlain towards Albany, the Continental Army posted as many as 15,000 soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Independence across the lake. This was the largest American garrison of the fort during the American Revolution.”
The “Struggle for Liberty” event is made possible by funding support from Glens Falls National Bank.