With a smallpox outbreak raging through the Northern Continental Army and morale sinking in the spring of 1776, soldiers rowed by bateaux up Lake Champlain seeking the safety of distance from the advancing British Army. Sick and wanting food supplies, soldiers of the Continental Army lived out of these bateaux for weeks on end, stopping on shore only to cook their rations, soaking wet from lying in the bottom of their boats. By the end of June the Army began to assemble again at Crown Point, only to have smallpox spread even faster. After a council of General officers, General Horatio Gates ordered this long retreat to continue to Ticonderoga. In this two-day living history weekend imagine life onboard a boat with merely a knapsack of comforts from home. Explore the workings of the bateau, the workhorse of the Northern Continental Army on the water. Watch as bateaux row around the Ticonderoga peninsula to land below this old French Fort, beginning a long summer of rebuilding the army. Discover the hazards and hopes of army life for American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the summer of 1776.
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