The First Call of Duty!
Nov 9th Event Honors Veterans from 1775 and Beyond at Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga, America’s Fort™, honors veterans on Saturday, November 9 from 10 am – 4 pm! The First Call of Duty, Honoring Veterans from 1775 and Beyond living history event will feature Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps at 12:30 pm performing patriotic songs honoring more than two centuries of American soldiers’ sacrifice. Other activities will include special guided tours, musket demonstrations, and soldier’s life programs highlighting the stories of soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, the year that ignited a rebellion into revolution.
Veterans, Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children 4 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets are $10 and payable at the gate. For event details visit www.FortTiconderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
“Fort Ticonderoga examines the first American soldiers as the first year of the American Revolution came to a close during this special Veteran’s Day living history event,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Interpretation. “By November of 1775, Colonel Benjamin Hinman’s Regiment of Connecticut soldiers garrisoned at Fort Ticonderoga was prepared to be discharged from their colony’s seven months of emergency service. Guests attending this event will discover the dangers and discomforts of life on campaign for these soldiers as they rebuilt Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Hear about the hard-learned lessons of this first military campaign of the American Revolution as citizens figured out how to live as soldiers. Discover what service meant by the fall of 1775 and what prospects these veterans faced on their return home.”
10 am: Fort Opens to Visitors
10:15 am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm – Guided Tour:
Learn why American soldiers in 1775 served at Ticonderoga, known as the “Old French Fort.” Explore the realities of their service and what challenges they faced when they returned home.
11:15 am, 2pm – Musket Demonstration:
Watch as soldiers practice their manual exercise and firings. Examine the collection of civilian and American made weapons that equipped American soldiers posted at Ticonderoga in 1775.
12:30 pm – Fife and Drum Performance:
Listen to the Fife and Drum tunes that regulated a soldier’s day and broadcast the alarm in case of attack. Hear stirring patriotic tunes and remember centuries of American soldiers’ sacrifice.
Available 10 am through 4pm
- Pork, Pigeon, & Pottery Exhibit
In this exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, explore the meals of soldiers and officers who served at Ticonderoga.
- Artificer’s Post
Need your shoes repaired? Meet the soldiers detailed to repair shoes for the Continental Army’s public store at Fort Ticonderoga in the late fall of 1775.
- Officers’ Quarters
See the perks of rank living in the quarters of a small mess of junior officers. From beds to brandy, learn about officers’ duties and comforts. Discuss the home front and the experience of the first campaign season for American soldiers.
- Soldier’s Life
Explore the daily duties of the Fort’s garrison of citizens turned soldiers. From drilling with their firelocks, to eating, or simply staying warm, learn more about the reality of soldiers’ life in November of 1775 at Fort Ticonderoga.
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