Historians, authors to TAKe part in annual Fort Ti War seminar

TICONDEROGA The Revolutionary War will come under the microscope as noted historians from around the country gather to discuss the conflict at Fort Ticonderoga.

Each of the speakers at the two day seminar on the Revolutionary War has a specific expertise and shares with eager attendees little known facts from their research.

This is the fourth annual seminar and the roster of speakers and guests is as impressive as ever. Many of the faculty will be signing their recent works at the Log House Book Store on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 1 p.m.

Of particular note is John Ferling, whose critically acclaimed new work, Almost a Miracle, provides a look at the military, political and social history of the Revolutionary War as it compares to other conflicts America has fought in. He will be signing this new text as well as his award winning A Leap in the Dark. Professor Ferlings talk will compare all aspects of the Revolution to those of other wars in which America fought.

In the first presentation ever of newly uncovered information, historian Richard Colton will discuss the details of the recently discovered records from the Continental Arsenal and Laboratory at the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts. Mr. Colton is historian at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site where the ammunition, artillery, and artillery accoutrements were manufactured starting in 1777.

The larger-than-life protagonists from the Revolution; Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold ,Henry Knox and others, will all be represented at the seminar with separate biographies written by attending faculty. Rich Strum, Director of Education and Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga will sign his Henry Knox: Washingtons Artilleryman which is written for the school age children, many of whom attend the Forts programs. The conflict between father and son is taken up by Willard Stern Randall, Professor of History at Champlain College, as he delves into the relationship Benjamin Franklin and his son William. He will be signing his book, A Little Revenge: Benjamin and William Franklin and Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor.

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