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Friday, May 10, 2019

"Fail not."

Hero of our old state, Ethan Allen, wrote to the Albany Committee of Safety in May, 1775:

I have the inexpressible satisfaction to acquaint you, that, at daybreak of the tenth instant, pursuant to my directions from sundry leading 110 gentlemen of Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut, I took the fortress of Ticonderoga, with about one hundred and thirty Green Mountain Boys...

Colonel Arnold entered the fortress with me, side by side. The guard was so surprised, that contrary to expectation, they did not fire on us, but retreated with precipitancy. We immediately entered the fortress, and took the garrison prisoners, without bloodshed or any opposition. They consisted of one captain and a lieutenant, and forty-two men. 

Little more need be said. You know Governour Carlton, of Canada, will exert himself to retake it ; and, as your county is nearer than any other part of the Colonies, and as your inhabitants have thoroughly manifested their zeal in the cause of the country, I expect immediate assistance from you, both in men and provisions.

You cannot exert yourself too much in so glorious a cause. The number of men need be more at first, till the other Colonies can have time to master. I am apprehensive of a sudden and quick attack. Pray be quick to our relief, and send us five hundred men immediately ; fail not.

The Second Continental Congref, which had opened the same day as Allen's assault, heard about the victory a week later:

The president laid before the Congress, some important intelligence he receivd. last night, by express from New York, relative to the surprising and taking of Ticonderogo, by a detachment from Massachusetts bay and Connecticut, which was read as follows...

Upon motion, Agreed, That Mr. Brown, who brought the express, be called in to give an accot. of the disposition of the Canadians, the taking of Ticonderogo and the importance of that post. Whereupon he was called in--and having given the necessary information he withdrew. 

Congref resolved that cannons and such be removed from the fort to be used against the British in places like Boston.  Then we won the war and liberty reigned supreme over all the land, with no unexpected results that the Founders had never imagined.  The end.

ntodd

May 10, 2019 | Permalink

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