TICONDEROGA The Revolutionary War will come under the microscope as noted historians from around the country gather to discuss the conflict at Fort Ticonderoga.
Each of the speakers at the two day seminar on the Revolutionary War has a specific expertise and shares with eager attendees little known facts from their research.
This is the fourth annual seminar and the roster of speakers and guests is as impressive as ever. Many of the faculty will be signing their recent works at the Log House Book Store on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 1 p.m.
Of particular note is John Ferling, whose critically acclaimed new work, Almost a Miracle, provides a look at the military, political and social history of the Revolutionary War as it compares to other conflicts America has fought in. He will be signing this new text as well as his award winning A Leap in the Dark. Professor Ferlings talk will compare all aspects of the Revolution to those of other wars in which America fought.
In the first presentation ever of newly uncovered information, historian Richard Colton will discuss the details of the recently discovered records from the Continental Arsenal and Laboratory at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts. Mr. Colton is historian at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site where the ammunition, artillery, and artillery accoutrements were manufactured starting in 1777.
The larger-than-life protagonists from the Revolution; Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold ,Henry Knox and others, will all be represented at the seminar with separate biographies written by attending faculty. Rich Strum, Director of Education and Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga will sign his Henry Knox: Washingtons Artilleryman which is written for the school age children, many of whom attend the Forts programs. The conflict between father and son is taken up by Willard Stern Randall, Professor of History at Champlain College, as he delves into the relationship Benjamin Franklin and his son William. He will be signing his book, A Little Revenge: Benjamin and William Franklin and Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor.
Kevin Graffagninos expertise is Vermont History and he is the Executive Director of the Vermont Historical Society. Among his numerous articles and books is a two-volume set on the original Vermonter, Ethan Allen. Graffagnino entertains with analyses of Allen using his own correspondence and writings. George Neuman will address the seminar on the important battle of Monmouth and sign his books on 18th century weaponry.
From Virginia to Maine, with a stop at Fort Ticonderoga, Clint Johnsons book, Colonial America and the American Revolution The 25 Bets Sites, is a how-to for the enthusiastic Rev War fan. These are the not-to-be-missed sites that will give anyone a working knowledge of how the war was fought and won; who the main players were around the continent; and why its still important to learn about them! Mr. Johnson will sign his book in the Book Store beginning at 11 a.m.
Among the other Seminar faculty is Military Historian Lt. Col. Donald Lohndal-Smidt with a presentation that covers the German involvement in the Revolution with portraits and watercolors of the magnificent uniforms. John U. Rees and Phil Weaver will both speak to the experience of the common soldier in the Revolution. Rees discusses the attempted army draft and its impact while Weaver focuses on the 3rd New Jersey Regiments involvement in the 1776 Campaign.
To top off the intense focus on the war a comic presentation by actor Howard Burnham will be given Saturday evening at 7:30. Mr. Burnham will portray Bloody Ban Tarleton as the host of a dinner party giving attendees a chance to take out a any frustrations with a little audience participation.
The program is open by registration only and included lunches both days. The fee is $130 or $110 for Friends of the Fort. For further information call Fort Ticonderoga at 585-2821.