Forts Carillon & Ticonderoga

Of all the fascinating and noteworthy historic sites to see in the Lake Champlain/Lake George region,

Fort Ticonderoga is probably the most well known- and with very good reason. Ticonderoga is a true American treasure. Certainly the most familiar of the Revolutionary War era forts- Ticonderoga brings to mind tales of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys awakening the Commander in the middle of the night with the order to surrender his fort to Allen by virtue of the Authority of "the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" And yet, the story of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys is just part of the story of this place, actually a very small part of the history of this great fort.

Here, we will attempt to tell the tale of Fort Carillon, the important French fort, renamed Ticonderoga by the English conquerors. We will explore the significance of the forts' place in the history of the area, and we will highlight some details of the terrible Battle of Carillon. For this historic place is also hallowed ground- the final resting place of many who paid the ultimate sacrifice in trying to take this place or defend it from others who would claim it for their sovereign.

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Author: James P. Millard

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Keywords: Carillon, Ticonderoga, Fortifications, Siege warfare


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