July 1, 2001 |
Just in time for the Fourth of July, a Revolutionary War cannon was hauled from the depths of Lake Champlain. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) joined historians to watch a crane retrieve the 800-pound cannon found two years ago 50 feet underwater. Historians believe the cannon burst during the Battle of Valcour Island on Oct. 11, 1776, when 15 vessels commanded by Benedict Arnold were attacked by the British near what's now Plattsburgh, N.Y.