On Saturday, November 12th from 10 am to 4 pm, Fort Ticonderoga reenactors will portray the British soldiers, loyalists, refugee families, and native allies at Ticonderoga in November 1777 who were cut off from the rest of the British line following the surrender of British forces at Saratoga.
Programs and demonstrations highlight the weapons, tactics, and trades of the British garrison in the late fall of 1777. Tours will explore the decision to evacuate the soldiers back to Canada and the choice to destroy Ticonderoga in their wake to leave nothing useful for Continental forces.
A musket demonstration at 11 am will provide military perspective from the loyalist forces. These soldiers, recruited from loyalist refugees, were the eyes and ears of British army along Lake Champlain. Whether New England fowlers, native trade guns, or old French Muskets, see the arms of the loyalists and discuss fighting for King and country without a home.
Another musket demonstration at 12:30 pm will interpret the German Brunswick soldiers. German soldiers made up nearly half of the British Army in 1777. See how Brunswick soldiers used their muskets in defense and attack, and learn how European methods of fighting were adapted to the landscape of North America.
The event will also feature lectures on the myths of the “Hessians” in the American Revolution and explore the story of the soldiers from the Duchy of Brunswick who served at Ticonderoga.
Admission to the event is $10 for the general public and free to Fort Ticonderoga Members, Ambassador Pass Holders, and children age four and under. The full event schedule is available online, or by calling (518) 585-2821.
For more information about Fort Ticonderoga, and a full list of ongoing programs visit their website, or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
Photo: The “Now Left to their own Defense.” German and British Soldiers Leave Ticonderoga-Living History Event, courtesy Fort Ticonderoga.