The Retreat from Mount Independence

Location: Orwell
Tag(s): Revolutionary War
Historical Category: Military History
Video Date: 2/09/24

In the summer of 1777, British General John Burgoyne brought his army down Lake Champlain in a campaign to try and split the rebelling American colonies into two. Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence, occupied by the American army was an ideal strategic location to stop the advance, but was undermanned. When the British military occupied Mount Defiance across the lake, General Arthur St. Clair opted to abandon the fort and withdraw his forces.

Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Steve Perkins and ABC 22 & Fox 44 Anchor Mike Hoey stop by Mount Independence to learn more about the retreat.


This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 ( and the Vermont Historical Society.

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