TICONDEROGA - A handwritten letter announcing the victory at Fort Ticonderoga that went missing from the Massachusetts state archives six decades ago has been recovered after being spotted as part of a planned auction of Revolutionary War manuscripts.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said the 1775 letter from Joseph Warren was discovered in a Sotheby's catalog. The state was able to negotiate the letter's return.
In the letter, Warren, a prominent doctor and president of the Provincial Congress that sat in Watertown at the time, said he had just learned that Col. Benedict Arnold had captured Fort Ticonderoga and forts at Crown Point and St. John's in the Lake Champlain area, which reduced the threat of British attack from Canada.
Warren was later killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
The discovery of the letter has no impact on Fort Ticonderoga, but local officials were pleased with its recovery.
"We heard of this recently and are delighted it has been returned to Massachusetts," said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director.