Debacle at Ticonderoga

[Thomas] Mante, THE ATTACK OF TICONDEROGA; MAJOR GENERAL ABERCROMBY COMMANDER in CHIEF. [London, 1772.]
Engraving, 14 5/8”h x 17 7/8”w plus margins, uncolored
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A handsome and valuable plan of Fort Ticonderoga and surroundings, detailing the layout of the fortress, its location commanding the river between Lakes George and Champlain, and troop positions during General Abercromby’s catastrophic frontal assault on French fortifications. The French under Montcalm were outnumbered four or five to one, but Ticonderoga’s difficult terrain allowed just one avenue of attack by ground troops. Well entrenched and protected by a dense abatis, the French repelled several advances and inflicted nearly 2000 casualties on the British regulars and American militia. Along with the defeat of Braddock’s force on the Monongahela in 1755, this was arguably one of the greatest debacles of the French and Indian War.

The map appeared in Thomas Mante’s History of the Late War in North-America and the Islands of the West Indies, considered by Howes to be “the best contemporary account” of the French and Indian War.

References
Phillips, List of Maps of America, p. 851. Schwartz, French and Indian War, fig. 63. Not in Sellers and Van Ee, Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies. Some background from Schwartz, French and Indian War.

Condition

Folds flattened, some expert mends visible only with backlighting, lined