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Ticonderoga and Crown Point

 

The immediate object of the attack on the British Forts at
Ticonderoga and Crown Point on May 10 and 11, 1775 was
first to capture the forts themselves, but also to obtain a
cannon and supplies to use for the impending seige of
Boston. Washington, who assumed command of the American
forces on July 2, 1775, could not attempt this attack
without heavy artillery, which was procured by Colonel
Ethan Allen, Colonel Benedict Arnold and Colonel Seth
Warner with Vermont's Green Mountain Boys.
 
Green Mountain Boys, was the name of a group of soldiers
from Vermont led by Allen, Warner and Arnold. They took
their name from the Green Mountains in Vermont. The Green
Mountain Boys were originally organized by Ethan Allen
before the revolution to protest the claims of the New York
government to Vermont territory, and were later joined by
Seth Warner and Benedict Arnold.
 
Seth Warner, was born in Connecticut and later moved to
Vermont, where he was declared an outlaw in 1771 for
forcibly resisting a New York claim to the area, and had a
reward offered for his capture. Under Ethan Allen and
Benedict Arnold, he participated in the seizure of Fort
Ticonderoga and led the force that took Crown Point the
next day. Later that year, he was elected
lieutenant-colonel commandant of the Green Mountain Boys.
 
Ethan Allen was also born Connecticut, moving to Vermont in
1769. He became involved in the struggle between New York
and New Hampshire for control of the region, just like
Allen was. The New York authorities rejected an appeal that
the region be established as a separate province, and Allen
organized a volunteer militia, called the Green Mountain
Boys, to resist the New York cause. Volunteers were raised
by the Committee of Correspondence. They recruited fifty
men and three hundred pounds to set up the Green Mountain
Boys. Allen too, was declared an outlaw by the governor of
New York. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Allen and The
Green Mountain Boys offered to fight against the British.
 
Arnold was born in Connecticut and enlisted in the militia
during the French and Indian War. Later, as a militia
colonel, Arnold joined with Allen and The Green Mountain
Boys to take Fort Ticonderoga .
 
Allen and Arnold, by order of the Connecticut legislature,
crossed lake Champlain in two boats with a total of
eighty-three men and captured Fort Ticonderoga early in the
morning of May 10, 1775, while the British garrison was
still sleeping. Allen demanded that the British commander
surrender in the name of the Great Jehovah and the
Continental Congress. The commander complied and
consequently there was no bloodshed. Military supplies from
the fort were used to aid George Washington's ill-equipped
American forces, who were attempting the seige of Boston. 
 

 




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