History reburied? NY's 1755 battle site covered up

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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A former member of the state commission that promoted the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War says a businessman's project has damaged a section of a New York battleground where Colonial soldiers are believed to have been buried after an ambush.

Retired state police Randy Patten says the tons of soil dumped on private property since the late 1990s have spilled into part of the wooded ravine that saw the opening shots of the 1755 Battle of Lake George. Contemporary accounts say the scores of New England soldiers who died in the ravine were buried where they fell.

Town officials have permitted the property owner to fill in his vacant property, but have since ordered him to halt the work.

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