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French defense reconstructed at Fort Ti

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga staff and volunteers have resurrected the log breastwork that helped the French prevail against the British in the Battle of Carillon in 1758. In preparation for the massive reenactment to take place at the fort on June 28 and 29, 2008, the French lines weave for nearly 400 feet across the northwest battlefield. Each of the sections is a log covered triangular wall, 14 feet long and seven feet high. The logs are pegged to the frames with hand hewn wooden pegs made throughout the season by reenactors at the fort. After completion the crew will place a sea of sharpened branches in front of the log lines, presenting an effective additional obstacle to impede the British troops progress. The construction has been helped with funding from the New York State 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War Commemoration Commission which has designated Battle of Carillon in June its Signature Event of 2008. Up to 2,000 reenactors are expected to encamp on the fort grounds beginning on June 27. Merchants and purveyors of 18th century wares will also be in attendance making the grounds into a near authentic colonial village. Reenactments will take place both Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and will last about two hours. There are a number of events taking place from June 27 to July 8 to commemorate the battle.

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