Fort Ticonderoga Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1955

Fort Ticonderoga Stamp

Fort Ticonderoga StampThe Fort Ticonderoga stamp was issued on September 18, 1955 in Fort Ticonderoga, NY to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the construction of the fort.

In 1755 the French built Fort Carillon (the original name of Fort Ticonderoga) at a narrow point on Lake Champlain to control shipping.  The fort was one of a number of forts built along the shore for this purpose.

Fort Carillon only remained under French control for a few years.  The British attacked the fort in 1758.  Although the British forces outnumbered the fort's defenders by a margin of four to one, the attack was repelled.  A year later the British again attacked Fort Carillon.  This time they were successful and the fort was taken.

The British held the fort for less than twenty years.  In 1775 an American colonial force, lead by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen launched a surprise attack on the fort.  The for was only lightly defended at the time and became the colonials first victory of the Revolutionary War.  For the next two years Fort Ticonderoga was an important base for the Continental army.  Fort Ticonderoga changed hands two times in 1777 when the British successfully captured and held the fort for a few months until the Americans reclaimed it for the final time.

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