Category Archives: Forts and Battlefields
Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, Florida 32084.
Monument to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, Marquis de Saint-Veran at Carillon Battlefield, Fort Ticonderoga, 102 Fort Ti Rd. Ticonderoga, New York 12883.
Last weekend, Fort Ticonderoga commemorated the 259th anniversary of the Battle of Carillon with a series of events called “Montcalm’s Cross,” after French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. The battle was fought on July 8, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was the bloodiest battle of the Seven Years War fought in North America, with over 3,000 casualties. French losses were about 400, while more than 2,000 were British. Music is the “March Du Regiment Saintonge” by Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums. Watch in HD for full effect.
Alternatively held by the French, British, and Americans, today Fort Ticonderoga is a premier museum of eighteenth and early nineteenth century military history. French engineer Michel Chartier de Lotbinière, Marquis de Lotbinière constructed the fort between 1755 and 1757 during the French and Indian War.
Daily artillery demonstrations educate visitors on eighteenth century artillery drills. Artillerists were trained to keep firing for up to 24 hours! I took this video on my recent trip to see the annual Battle of Carillon reenactment.
Statue of Colonel William Prescott, Bunker Hill, Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts.