Fort Ti to commemorate battle

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticodneroga will hold its annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Montcalm Cross and the Black Watch Cairn to commemorate the Battle of Carillon in 1758.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, July 8, and begin with a Fife & Drum Corps leading the procession from the fort to the cross beginning at 1:45 p.m.

The Battle of Carillon, also known as the 1758 Battle of Ticonderoga, was fought on July 8, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was fought near Fort Carillon, now known as Fort Ticonderoga, in the frontier area between the British colony of New York and the French colony of Canada.

In the battle, a French army of about 4,000 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery.

The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with over 3,000 casualties suffered, of which over 2,000 were British.

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