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Battle of Plattsburgh historian speaks at Fort Ti

September 27, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga's 2012 Author Series concludes on Sunday with Keith Herkalo, author of "The Battles of Plattsburgh: September 11, 1814."

The program takes place at 2 p.m. in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 3. The program is included in the cost of admission: $17.50 for adults, $14 for seniors 62 and up, $8 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and under. Members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted at no cost.

Both Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill recognized the importance of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812. Many other, more famous engagements were ruses meant to divert U.S. troops away from the prize Plattsburgh would afford: a clear pathway into New England. If not for the exemplary skills of two young military officers, Commodore Macdonough and General Macomb, and the force they commanded - regular army and naval personnel, New York and Vermont militia, Native Americans, Veteran Exempts and boys from the local school - the war and the nation would have been lost. In "The Battles at Plattsburgh," using original source documents, Herkalo retells the battles.

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Herkalo was born in Plattsburgh and raised in Philadelphia and Plattsburgh. (His family summered in Plattsburgh every year.) After more than a decade in the military and an additional decade working for military equipment development firms in the Washington, D.C., area, he returned with his family to Plattsburgh. It was then that he became more interested in the city's history and specifically its involvement in the War of 1812. He is an amateur historian who is the research catalyst behind the archaeological rediscovery of the 1812 camp known as Pike's Cantonment, the editor of "The Journal of H.K. Averill, Sr.: An account of the Battle of Plattsburgh and Early North Country Community," has authored numerous local history articles, and has been a frequent speaker in local history venues for many years. He is the city clerk of Plattsburgh and a founding member and current president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association.

For more information about this series and other programs, visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org and select "Life Long Learning" under the "Explore and Learn" tab.

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