Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The first American victory of the Revolutionary War, Fort Ticonderoga.

On this date in 1775, Benedict Arnold of Massachusetts joined Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont in a dawn attack on Fort Ticonderoga, surprising and capturing the sleeping British garrison. 

The fort, located on Lake Champlain in northeastern New York, served as a key point of access to both Canada and the Hudson River Valley during the French and Indian War. Although it was a small-scale conflict, the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga would give the Continental Army much-needed artillery.  In all, 59 pieces of equipment, which included cannons ranging in size from four to twenty-four pounders, mortars, and howitzers. All to be used in future Continental battles. 

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