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Anniversary of attack on Fort Ticonderoga

06/26/2008

To The Editor:

The fort at Ticonderoga, known as the French Fort Carillon, was called the Gibraltar of North America. All are invited to the 250th anniversary of Abercrombie's disastrous attack of 15,000 British line and provincial troops against 2,500 of French line troops and their militia forces, and their Indian allies.

This is, as far as I know, the biggest French and Indian battle re-enactment in North America to date. Over 2,000-plus re-enactors and camp followers will be at this historic sight. The recently restored wings of the old fort will accommodate the large different encampments -- British and provincial troops and their Indian allies on one side and the French and militia troops and their Indian allies on the other.

This is a must-see event with all the different uniforms, weaponry and cannons. The re-enactment takes place June 27, 28 and 29.

I have been an 18th-century re-enactor since 1976. I've wanted to go to this anniversary ever since Hanna Williams, a teacher in the old South Fayston School, read to her students about the battle 50 years ago.

Hope to see you there.

Gregory Viens

North Fayston

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