In 1777 the British forces moving south from Canada drove the Americans back into the fort, then hauled cannon to the top of undefended Mt. Defiance, which overlooked the fort.
cannon aimed at Fort Ticonderoga
"Where a goat can go, a man can go, where a man can go, he can drag a gun" - Maj. Gen. William Phillips quote as his men brought cannon to the top of Mt. Defiance in 1777
Faced with bombardment, Arthur St. Clair ordered Ticonderoga abandoned on July 5, 1777. Burgoyne's troops moved in the next day.
Fort Ticonderoga (left) and Mount Independence (right)
wild flower on the summit
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