Last week on the Fort Ticonderoga blog they published this post that included a drawing of what Fort Ticonderoga looked like in 1818. The posting doesn’t mention it but you can click on the small image to see a much larger version of the drawing. By 1818 the once important Fort had already fallen into ruins.
Fort Ticonderoga was originally built between 1754 and 1757 by the French during the French and Indian War. The Fort commanded a river that connected Lake Champlain and Lake George. Using that water route made it fairly easy to get from Montreal to Albany in the days when roads were in poor condition. The British captured the Fort in 1759. They left only a token amount of troops at the Fort after that war and the Fort started to fall into disrepair.
During the Revolutionary War the Fort was captured in May 1775 by American troops commanded by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold. The Fort was captured again by the British in June 1777 and they maintained control of the Fort until the end of the War in 1783.
My 4th great grandfather, Mathew Halsey, was in the Revolutionary War and marched with his company from the eastern end of Long Island all the way to Fort Ticonderoga where they stayed for about 3 weeks in November 1775. I visited the Fort in the mid 1990s on vacation. It wasn’t until many years later that I found out that the Fort had major reconstruction done in the early twentieth century.