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Ticonderoga library gains new exhibit

Black Watch honored with model

A model of the Battle of Carillon has been placed at the Carnegie Street entrance to the Black Watch Memorial Library. From left are John McDonald Sr., library trustee, Denise Huestis, who constructed the model, Heather Johns, senior library clerk, and Steve Boyce, library trustee.

A model of the Battle of Carillon has been placed at the Carnegie Street entrance to the Black Watch Memorial Library. From left are John McDonald Sr., library trustee, Denise Huestis, who constructed the model, Heather Johns, senior library clerk, and Steve Boyce, library trustee.

— July 7 the French constructed a half mile-long log wall protected in front by a dense tangle of treetops and sharpened branches to serve as a barrier against the British attackers. This fortification was known as the French lines.

July 8 the British attacked. At the end of the day-long battle, the British had suffered casualties of nearly 2,000 men killed and wounded. Broken and dismayed, the British retreated back to their camp at the southern end of Lake George. The French won the battle and achieved what would prove to be France’s greatest victory of the French & Indian War.

The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with more than 3,000 casualties — 2,000 British.

Leading the British attack were 27th and 42nd Highland Regiments, better known as the Black Watch Regiment. The regiment had 305 men killed that day and another 323 wounded.

The bravery of the Black Watch Regiment became legendary and is remembered to this day. It still exists as the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. It has fought in nearly every major British battle throughout the years, landing at Normandy on D-Day as well as serving recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Every year the Black Watch holds a ceremony July 8 to mark the Battle of Carillon.

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