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If you appreciate the story of the 1758 Battle of Carillon, you may seek out the actual location of the fighting (Hint: it is not where the reenactment takes place.). On the way to the exit gate, visitors drive right over the rolling entrenchments built by General Montcalm's crew.
Director of Interpretation Nick Spadone led the participants for July's teacher institute on an expedition into the forest to explore more deeply the angles of the embankments.
The general public may not think it's the most exciting part of the Fort Ticonderoga experience (They likely came to the fort to see...the fort.), but with the fort owning some 2,000 acres of land here, there is more to the complete story of the area.
The trees were not thick here; in fact, most would have been razed to allow more visibility surrounding the fort. A plan was developed, using geometric lines of embanked earth upon which large logs were stacked to form "walls" behind which soldiers would defend the fort against 16,000 British soldiers. With an abatis (sharpened and entangled trees facing outward) in front of these lines, the advancing enemy were killed by the hundreds, and eventually many were left entangled, either dead or soon-to-be dead.
Interestingly, the majority of the battlefield is unexamined archaeologically speaking, and guests are reminded that it is against the law to bring metal detectors to the property. With nearly 20,000 soldiers firing on each other, there is much to explore here, though to do it correctly would be costly, and no one wants it done incorrectly.
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