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Fort Ticonderoga Author Series: Ticonderoga’s Role during Burgoyne’s Saratoga Campaign of 1777
September 14, 2013 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fort Ticonderoga’s 2013 Author Series continues on Saturday, September 14, with Theodore Corbett, author of No Turning Point: The Saratoga Campaign in Perspective.
The program takes place at 11:30 am in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 12:30 pm.
The program is included in the cost of admission and takes place during the Fort’s “Brown’s Raid” reenactment weekend. Members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted at no cost.
1777 Battle of Saratoga
The Battle of Saratoga in 1777 ended with British general John Burgoyne’s troops surrendering to the American rebel army commanded by General Horatio Gates. Historians have long seen Burgoyne’s defeat as a turning point in the American Revolution because it convinced France to join the war on the side of the colonies, thus ensuring American victory. But that traditional view of Saratoga overlooks the complexity of the situation on the ground. Setting the battle in its social and political context, Theodore Corbett examines Saratoga and its aftermath as part of ongoing conflicts among the settlers of the Hudson and Champlain valleys of New York, Canada, and Vermont. This long, more local view reveals that the American victory actually resolved very little.
Theodore Corbett, a public historian who has taught American and British history, is the author of A Clash of Cultures on the Warpath of Nations: The Colonial Wars in the Hudson-Champlain Valley and Revolutionary New Castle: The Struggle for Independence.
For additional information about this series and other programs, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org and select “Life Long Learning” under the “Explore and Learn” tab.