Fort Ticonderoga’s 2014 Author Series continues on Sunday, June 8, with Stephen Darley, author of The Battle of Valcour Island: The Participants and Vessels of Benedict Arnold’s 1776 Defense of Lake Champlain. The program takes place at 2 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 3 pm. The program is included in the cost of admission; members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted at no cost.
In his new book about the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, Steve Darley includes a roster of 448 officers and men who participated, the names and personal history of 16 captains of the American vessels on the lake in 1776, as well as first hand accounts in letters, journals, memoirs, and pension applications that tell this amazing story of a Lake Champlain battle. No such comprehensive information has been published before. It contains a description of all of the American vessels in the battle as well as the story of how the first vessels of the American fleet were obtained and how the last group of vessels were destroyed or captured in 1777.
Stephen Darley has written three books and a number of articles that were published in various magazines. His primary interest is history, including the Revolutionary period, the far west fur trade era and the Hundred Years War.
Stephen Darley has a law degree from George Washington University and has a 40-year interest in Benedict Arnold and the American Revolution and has published a number of magazine articles about the Revolutionary War. Darley lives in North Haven, Connecticut, and is a member of the North Haven Historical Society, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.
For additional information about this and other programs at Fort Ticonderoga, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.FortTiconderoga.org and select “Explore and Learn.” Additional Fort Ticonderoga Author Series programs are scheduled for August 31 and October 5.