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Illinois family donates war artifacts to NY fort

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Associated Press

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. -- An Illinois family is donating their ancestor's Revolutionary War artifacts to Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York.

Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say the engraved powder horn, musket and walking stick Amos Chaffee carried during the American Revolution will be formerly presented during a ceremony being held at the tourist attraction Saturday afternoon.

Hall Chaffee of Chicago says one of the reasons his family decided to donate the items to the fort is because Amos Chaffee served there in early 1777 with the Hampshire County, Mass., militia.

The fort says the powder horn was made at Woodstock, Conn., in 1762 and is inscribed with his name and an image of a globe showing a detailed map of the western hemisphere.

The fort's vast collection of 18th-century military objects includes dozens of engraved powder horns.

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