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Original Revolutionary War 6-pounder cannonball from Ft. Ticonderoga


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This is another nice piece which was part of the Artillery collection I recently acquired; it is a Revolutionary War 6-pounder cannonball. During the Revolution both sides made extensive use of artillery. At the beginning of the war the Patriots had almost no artillery of their own, but Washington used captured British guns from Fort Ticonderoga to drive the British out of Boston in 1776 (see period cannon). The Americans eventually developed the capacity to manufacture their own cannon, and they obtained many of the guns they needed from France. This cannonball was recovered from Ft. Ticonderoga.

Located on Lake Champlain in northeastern New York, Fort Ticonderoga served as a key point of access to both Canada and the Hudson River Valley during the French and Indian War. On May 10, 1775, Benedict Arnold joined Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont in a dawn attack on the fort, surprising and capturing the sleeping British garrison. Although it was a small-scale conflict, the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga was the first American victory of the Revolutionary War and would give the Continental Army much-needed artillery to be used in future battles.

Several years ago, an auction of some of their artifacts was held by Ft. Ticonderoga to benefit the acquisition fund of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. The Fort’s mission was to ensure that future generations learn from the struggles that shaped our nation. This ball and several other artifacts were acquired at the auction. The ball remains in very nice condition, indicative of an early recovery, and has a light coat of varnish applied for preservation.

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