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This Day In History July 6, 1777 – American Revolution: End of Siege of Fort Ticonderoga

 

After the British occupy a mountain overlooking the fort training their cannon on the Americans, followed by a skirmish the Americans withdraw. The British will pursue the Americans south but will bog down in the heavy forests and Lt. General Burgoyne’s campaign ultimately failing when he surrenders at the Battles of Saratoga.

 

The 1777 Siege of Fort Ticonderoga occurred between 2 and 6 July 1777 at Fort Ticonderoga, near the southern end of Lake Champlain in the state of New York. Lieutenant General John Burgoyne’s 8,000-man army occupied high ground above the fort, and nearly surrounded the defences. These movements precipitated the occupying Continental Army, an under-strength force of 3,000 under the command of General Arthur St. Clair, to withdraw from Ticonderoga and the surrounding defences. Some gunfire was exchanged, and there were some casualties, but there was no formal siege and no pitched battle. Burgoyne’s army occupied Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Independence without opposition on 6 July, and advance units pursued the retreating Americans.

The uncontested surrender of Ticonderoga caused an uproar in the American public and in its military circles, as Ticonderoga was widely believed to be virtually impregnable, and a vital point of defence. General St. Clair and his superior, General Philip Schuyler, were vilified by Congress. Both were eventually exonerated in courts martial, but their careers were adversely affected. Schuyler had already lost his command to Horatio Gates by the time of the court martial, and St. Clair held no more field commands for the remainder of the war. More…

Fort Ticonderoga – America’s Fort

Images of Fort Ticonderoga historical and today

 

 

America remember and honor your history – it will give direction, purpose and security to your future.

 
 
 
 
 

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