Monday, December 10, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga’s Christmas Riot of 1776

RIOT living history eventFort Ticonderoga is set to host a living history event “RIOT! Yankees vs. Buckskins,” on December 15, 2018. Throughout the day, visitors will participate in presentations, weapons demonstrations, historic trades, and living history vignettes. The day is set at the time of disunity between officers unfold during an intense riot that plagued the American army in 1776.

A special pop-up exhibit on display December 15 only will present one of the garrison’s original orderly books. “These official documents which buried the details of the altercation and the riot between Pennsylvanians and Massachusetts soldiers has been known only circumstantially through two diaries and memoirs,” according to Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.

“The recent re-discovery of first-hand accounts, disregarded for over a century, help shed a new light on this surprising event. These sources will be used to recreate the procedures of Christmas day and explore the complex history of America’s remarkable struggle for Independence,” Hill said.

Fort Ticonderoga Museum Curator Matthew Keagle recently discovered new evidence about this moment of American disunity. Sitting under noses of generations of historians is an event that shatters popular notions of the Revolutionary War. On Christmas day 1776, an altercation unfolded at Ticonderoga that resulted in American blood being shed by other Americans.

To learn more about this living history event, call (518) 585-2821 or visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website.

Photo of “RIOT! Yankees vs. Buckskins” reenactment provided by Fort Ticonderoga.

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