Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.
These movements precipitated the occupying Continental Army, an under-strength force of 3, under the command of General Arthur St.
Clair, to withdraw from Ticonderoga and the surrounding defenses. Some gunfire was exchanged, and there were some casualties, but there was no formal siege and no pitched battle. The uncontested surrender of Ticonderoga caused an uproar in the American public and in its military circles, as Ticonderoga was widely believed to be virtually impregnable, and a vital point of defense.
Clair and his superior, General Philip Schuyler, were vilified by Congress. Both were eventually exonerated in courts martial, but their careers were adversely affected. Schuyler had already lost his command to Horatio Gates by the time of the court martial, and St.
Clair held no more field commands for the remainder of the war. The British had tried an invasion from Canada inbut had been thwarted on Lake Champlain by the heroic efforts of Benedict Arnold and his men. The Americans blithely allowed Ticonderoga to become vulnerable; its manpower and store of arms and supplies were low.
The prevailing opinion was that any movement of British troops from Canada would be in the direction of Philadelphia by way of the St. Major General Arthur St.
Clair pronounced Sinclair had replaced Horatio Gates at the fort in June.
When word did reach Ticonderoga that the British were approaching, St. Clair believed that a show of force was likely, but that no real attempt would be made to take the fort. Burgoyne had left St. Clair slowly began to realize his predicament; he knew his reputation would never survive a surrender and pinned his hope on holding the fort against a direct British assault.
Burgoyne, however, refused to cooperate and began preparations for a static siege. In a decisive stroke, the British installed cannon atop Mount Defiance, a hill south of the fort that had not been defended by the Americans.
From that position, the British easily dominated Fort Ticonderoga. During the dark hours of July 5, St.
Clair and his forces evacuated the fort, heading south at breakneck speed by boat and over land. A handful of troops left behind had been instructed to put up a brief show of force against the British in the morning, then join their comrades in retreat.
Those soldiers were found drunk and asleep the next morning when the British occupied Fort Ticonderoga without opposition. Burgoyne left about 1, troops at the fort and quickly began to pursue the fleeing Americans. Clair to hold out as long as he could before withdrawing, while additional forces were gathered for the defense of Albany.
By early July, the Burgoyne expedition arrived in the area. British reconnaissance also discovered the strategic position of Sugar Loaf. Starting on July 2, they cleared and fortified gun emplacements on top of that height.
They also spent several days drawing some of their larger guns up the slope, using winches to move from tree to tree. On July 5, the American force awoke to discover the completed British position, with more guns arriving throughout the day.
Clair withdrew his force under cover of darkness. The guns at Ticonderoga, most remaining supplies, and some men too ill and wounded to move were left to the British.
A handful of men were left at Fort Independence with loaded cannon and lit matches to fire on the pontoon bridge after the withdrawal, but after indulging in some of the remaining supplies, notably, a barrel of wine, they were incapable of military action.
On July 6, during the morning, the British troops captured them and occupied the forts without firing a shot. Simon Fraser set out in pursuit of the retreating Americans. The withdrawal from Ticonderoga was hurried, but was a part of the American defensive strategy adopted by Schuyler in response to the British Saratoga Campaign.
Clair, meanwhile, brought most of his men to join forces with Schuyler at Fort Edward, and prepare for the Battle of Saratoga. Fort Ticonderoga was an important symbol for the Americans, who expected that the fort would keep the redcoats out of the northern colonies, particularly in view of the winter spent improving the fortifications.
The shameful abandonment of Ticonderoga has not been equaled in the history of the world. The political impact of the surrender was much stronger. Congress was appalled, and they censured both Schuyler and St. Clair for the loss.Now most famous as a traitor to the American cause, General Benedict Arnold began the Revolutionary War as one of its earliest heroes, helping lead rebel forces in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga.
American forces had occupied the forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point since they captured them in May from a small garrison. In and , they undertook significant efforts to improve the defenses surrounding Ticonderoga. Its timeline spans through The French and Indian War, The American Revolution and beyond!
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political upheaval that took place between and during which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America.