Ft. Ticonderoga recreating historic artillery feat
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — An event being hosted by an upstate historic site will demonstrate how American soldiers hauled dozens of cannon from northern New York to eastern Massachusetts during an epic military expedition in the Revolutionary War.
Fort Ticonderoga is hosting a living history event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to recreate the start of what was known as Henry Knox's "noble train" of artillery.
Knox, a book seller from Boston, was put in charge of transporting 59 big guns from Ticonderoga to Boston, where the Continental Army had the redcoats surrounded. The troops led by Knox used horse-drawn sleds to haul the artillery to Dorchester Heights in 40 days during the winter of 1775-76.
With the guns threatening British ships anchored in Boston Harbor, the redcoats evacuated the city on March 17, 1776.