This annual seminar focuses on the French & Indian War in North America (1754-1763), bringing together a panel of distinguished historians from around the country and beyond. The War College takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.
Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become one of the premier seminars on the French & Indian War in the country. It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War. Speakers include:
- Brady J. Crytzer, author, on the role of Fort Pitt.
- Jonathan Dull, Yale University, on the European battles of Leuthen and Kloster Kamp and their impact on the war in America.
- Jon Parmenter, Cornell University, on the role of Native allies on both sides during the siege of Fort Niagara in 1759.
- William P. Tatum III, Dutchess County Historian, on the breakdown of discipline in the 17th Regiment of Foot in the British Army during its service in North America.
- Tim Todish and Todd Harburn, authors, on the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-64.
- Steven Wapen, independent historian, on an incident during the siege of Fort Oswego in 1756.
Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Chris Fox, will give a presentation “‘By the wound above said I can’t write my name’: Personal Stories from the Battle of Carillon, July 8, 1758.” In the presentation, Fox uses petitions filed by several provincial soldiers after their involvement in the Battle of Carillon to examine how the experience of battle affected these men physically and how their service at Ticonderoga had a lasting impact on them and the lives of their families.
In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretation Department will give two presentations. Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation, in “From Languedoc to Carillon, 1755,” describes the research and construction techniques used to recreate the uniforms and equipment of the French regular soldiers fighting on the North American frontier. In “Split Peas, Salt Pork, and the North Woods,” Cameron Green, Military Programs Supervisor, discusses the ration, cookware, and camp kitchen details of French soldiers in the field.
Registration for the War College is $145 for the weekend ($125 for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga). Registration forms can be downloaded from the Fort’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org under the “Explore and Learn” tab by selecting “Life Long Learning” on the drop down menu and then clicking on the War College. A printed copy is also available upon request by contacting Rich Strum, Director of Education, at 518-585-6370.
Illustration: Plan du Fort Carillon, Fort Ticonderoga Museum.