History in Lake Champlain
Part 2: Rediscovering the Battle of
the Battle of Valcour Island,
Brian Mann, 8/28/01
gunboat Philadelphia (above) is a faithful recreation
of the vessels built hastily by Benedict Arnold to slow
the British advance on Lake Champlain in 1776.
month225 years agoBenedict Arnold launched his
fleet of ships on Lake Champlain. The history of that campaign
is now being rediscovered and re-evaluated. As Brian Mann
reports, archeologists are pulling long-lost artifacts from
the muddy silt near the battle at Valcour Island. Re-enactors
are bringing to life a desperate, brutal struggle that helped
to launch the American Revolution.
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Fife Music: "Free America"
performed live by re-enactor Gregory Viennes.
Benedict Arnold's gunboats operated in enemy territory, braving
ambush whenever they steered too close to shore.
The Philadelphia's big guns required a half-dozen men
to fire. A cannon from the original Battle of Valcour Island
was recovered last year from the bottom of Lake Champlain by
the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and is now being restored.
In 1776, 400 British regulars with their Abenaki allies attempted
to ambush one of Benedict Arnold's gunboats.
Eric Tichonukmanager of school programs at the Lake
Champlain Maritime Museumis also captain of the
1 of Maritime History in Lake Champlain: Wreck Diving off
2: The Battle of Valcour Island
3: The Battle of Plattsburgh
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