Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program on Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House located at 6 Moses Circle in Ticonderoga, NY. “Benedict Arnold: The Traitor Who Saved Ticonderoga” will be presented by Brian O’Connor, who will discuss Arnold’s role at the Battle of Valcour Island in October 1776.
“As an overwhelming British force headed south from Canada, Arnold assembled a ragtag fleet to meet it in a desperate naval action,” said Brian O’Connor. “Though defeated, his heroics gave our infant nation a year to breathe & win the pivotal victory of Saratoga the following year.”
O’Connor, a former history professor, currently serves as Director of Libraries at North Country Community College. The program will be held outdoors under a tent, and attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.
Reservations may be made by calling the Hancock House at (518) 585-7868 or via e-mail: email@example.com.
Photo at top: Benedict Arnold. Photo provided by Diane O’Connor of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.
I’m out of town or I would love to attend this program. The battle(s) that Benedict Arnold fought in the summer and fall of 1776 are fascinating. The Battle of Valcour Island is particularly interesting in that it showed that Arnold was a master seaman and used that knowledge to slow down the advance of the British enough to enable us to regroup and win the Battle of Saratoga the following year. His naval tactics at Valcour were amazing. If anyone attends, I’d love the hear how it went.