One man claims that the remains of approximately 1200 British soldiers and Mohawk allies may lie under a covered ravine in upstate New York.
Randy Patten, a 61-year-old retired state police investigator and former member of a New York commission that celebrated the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, says a local businessman 'is dumping on historical ground, or what’s left of it, anyway.'
In the 1990s, businessman Anthony Tomasovic was granted permission by the town of Lake George to fill in his vacant, sloping property. The land borders the wooded ravine where about 1,000 British Colonial troops and 200 of their Mohawk Indian allies were ambushed by a larger force of French and Indians on the morning of Sept. 8, 1755.
The ravine was also part of the route for a wilderness road traveled by such 18th-century figures as Paul Revere, Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.