Fort Ticonderoga is set to host one of its signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross,” a two-day battle reenactment, on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21.
Featuring hundreds of reenactors, cannons, drums, muskets and more, this is the largest battle reenactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the Battle of Carillon fought between the British and French in July 1758, considered the bloodiest battle in North America until the American Civil War.
All weekend, Ticonderoga will bring to life the stunning logistic feat by the British to amass more than 16,000 troops and try to capture Fort Carillon (later renamed Ticonderoga). Meet British and Provincial soldiers in their camps to explore the weapons, manpower, and preparations to lay siege to Carillon. Visit the French-held fort and meet French soldiers to discover how they engineered timber, treetops, and terrain into a stunning victory against an overwhelming enemy.
Opening shots of battle on Saturday will recreate the July 6 tumultuous skirmish which left the British General dead, was the impetus that sealed the British fate at Carillon. On Sunday, blasts from French cannons aimed at British barges on the La Chute River will narrate the battle as French soldiers hold the lines against a significantly larger British Army including the famous 42nd Highland Regiment or Black Watch. Visitors will experience the dramatic moments of the main assault and witness how the Battle of Carillon sealed the reputation of Ticonderoga for generations to come.
Explore how British sutlers followed the army, selling all sorts of comforts to soldiers, including the ingredients for delicious chocolate beverages.
Rare Native American artifacts from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered the most significant private collection of its kind, will go on exhibit July 20th as part of the weekend special event.
Objects will include a rare Native American style bag with ornamentation known as quillwork and a war club which represent the distinctive martial material culture of Native Americans by the late 18th century.
From scenic narrated boat tours on Lake Champlain, daily tours and battle briefings, to music and marches with Ticonderoga’s Fifes and Drums, to museum exhibits, gardens, and the Mount Defiance experience, visitors of all ages can have an immersive weekend experience.
Admission to this event is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket. All general admission tickets include a second day of admission free. For more information on this event and to view the entire event schedule, visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website, or call (518) 585-2821.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga by Carl Heilman II.