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The Battle of Ticonderoga

Photo credit: The Black Watch Castle & Museum

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Some 200 miles north of New York, Fort Ticonderoga was strategically important as a portage on the river between Canada and the British colonies. Occupied by the French under the name Fort Carillon, it was situated on a spit of land between Lake George and Lake Champlain. The defences consisted of entrenchments and a tall rampart. Large trees had been felled and were positioned in front of the rampart, with sharpened branches pointing outwards. After the initial attack failed the 42nd Regiment, which had been in reserve, came forward impatiently. The Highlanders charged into felled trees, lopping off the sharpened branches with their broadswords. Some reached the rampart, but were repulsed. The attack continued relentlessly but was a gallant failure.

The Black Watch Castle & Museum



oil on canvas 


H 53 x W 66 cm

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gift from Elizabeth Gray, 2005

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