In honor of Veteran’s Day, this event is free for all active and retired military personnel
Ticonderoga, NY – Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event on Saturday, November 11 and experience life for captured British soldiers and their families with their harrowing stories as prisoners of war. Following American victories at forts along the Richelieu River in the fall of 1775, British soldiers and their families were caught in a rapidly developing conflict and faced an uncertain future as they were marched south to Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Explore their perspective during this living history event a glimpse into their tenuous situation as prisoners of war, even before American patriots declared independence.
Highlighted programming throughout the day uncovers the complexities of capturing prisoners in this new war and the challenges faced by the once common kindred. Become immersed in details of daily life for British prisoners, from living off Continental Army rations, to travelling on foot and by boat, all under American guard. See how rank and class transcended sides, as officers from the British and Continental Army enjoy the company of their fellow Englishmen, separate from soldiers.
During a presentation by Fort Ticonderoga Curator, Dr. Matthew Keagle, discover the latest research in the fraternization of British and Continental Army officers, including a legendary encounter between Colonel Henry Knox and British martyr, John Andre.
“The handling of British prisoners of war forced deep soul-searching about how the Continental Army defined itself,” said Fort Ticonderoga Vice President of Public History, Stuart Lilie. “Join us as we bring this story to life through the first-hand experience of these British soldiers and their families at Ticonderoga.”
Bring your family along to experience this exciting living history event during Fort Ticonderoga’s new schedule of programs during Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors will be immersed in a more intimate experience at Fort Ticonderoga. From lively living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, and hands-on workshops, explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century.
This event is free for all active and retired military personnel, Fort Ticonderoga Members, and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass Holders. For the full visitor schedule and other details, visit www.fortticonderoga.org.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. To view Fort Ticonderoga’s electronic press kit, click here. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2023 All Rights Reserved.
Photo at top: Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event on Saturday, November 11 and discover the stories of captured British soldiers with their families and their harrowing story as prisoners of war.