Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
The Second Battle of Fort Ticonderoga Jul 5-6, 1777
Unfortunately, Native Americans must deal with this unfortunate event which occurred in July of 1777. If it was one thing the Anishinabek strongly encouraged other Indian Nations to adhere to, it was not joining with the whites to fight against other Indian Nations. A force of 11,500 white soldiers and their Indian allies (from the Iroquois Tribes) arrived to the Fort Ticonderoga region which was being controlled by the Anishinabe Army. After their arrival, the whites commenced to align their big guns to bombard the Anishinabe soldiers trying to prevent the whites from recapturing the fort. On July 5, the bombardment commenced. For that entire day the whites repeatedly bombarded the Anishinabe soldiers. Since the Indians were obviously with few cannons they could do little to give battle to the more numerous and better armed white military force. By July 6, they had evacuated the region around the fort. The whites also captured nearby Fort Independence. It is not known what the white and Indian casualties were in the battles, but since the whites had the advantage it means the Anishinabek endured most of the casualties. With the whites now forcing their way back in to this region of New York, it meant that the foreign Iroquois Tribes who had long been subjugated by the Anishinabek, would have to choose which side they wanted to join. After losing control of the Fort Ticonderoga region, Anishinabe ogimak knew the war was now being dominated by the whites.