Rare French & Indian War Plan of Fort Ticonderoga
Fine highly detailed plan of Fort Ticonderoga, which appeared in Thomas Mante's rare History of the Late War in North-America and the Islands of the West Indies, published in London in 1772.
Oriented with Northwest at top of the map, the map identifies the positions of the Connecticut and New Jersey Troops, Boston Regiment, Light Infantry, Battoe Men, and Rangers to the west of the fort, with the French positions to the east, and the fortifications further east on the shores of the La Chute River, between Lake George and Lake Champlain.
The Battle of Fort Carillon
The Battle of Fort Carillon (later called Fort Ticonderoga), was fought on July 8, 1758. The fort, which strategically guarded the southern end of Lake Champlain, was held by the French under the Marquis de Montcalm. A larger British force under General James Abercrombie attempted a siege of the fort, but was caught up in defensive constructs made of spiked logs called abatis. The British were driven off with heavy losses, nearly 2000 troops were killed or injured. The following year, in July 1759, the French abandoned the fort, as they realized that their position was indefensible in the face of a British army of over 11,000 men.