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American Revolution: Capture of Fort Ticonderoga May 10, 1775

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The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga was a military conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The year and date that the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga took place on Wednesday, May 10, 1775. The battlefield in which the British and American Forces fought during the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga was located on the shores of Lake Champlain on the border of New York and the Canadian province of Quebec. The Battle of Fort Ticonderoga ended in a surprise victory for the American colonists.

The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga occurred during the American Revolutionary War on May 10, 1775, when a small force of Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen (had the men) and Colonel Benedict Arnold (had the commission papers from the Committee of Safety) overcame a small British garrison at the fort and looted the personal belongings of the garrison. Cannons and other armaments from the fort were transported to Boston and used to fortify Dorchester Heights and break the standoff at the Siege of Boston.

After seizing Ticonderoga, a small detachment captured the nearby Fort Crown Point on May 11. Seven days later, Arnold and 50 men boldly raided Fort Saint-Jean on the Richelieu River in southern Quebec, seizing military supplies, cannons, and the largest military vessel on Lake Champlain.

Although the scope of this military action was relatively minor, it had significant strategic importance. It impeded communication between northern and southern units of the British Army, and gave the nascent Continental Army a staging ground for the invasion of Quebec later in 1775. It also involved two larger-than-life personalities in Allen and Arnold, each of whom sought to gain as much credit and honor as possible for these events. The significance of the conflict was that the cannons, munitions and other armaments from Fort Ticonderoga were transported to Boston and used to fortify Dorchester Heights and break the standoff at the Siege of Boston. The position of the fort itself was also very important as it protected New York and New England from British invasion from Canada.

  • Name of American Colonial Leaders/commanders -- Ethan Allen & Benedict Arnold
  • Name of British gorces Leader/commander -- William Delaplace
  • Strength of forces - American = 168; British = 78
  • Number of Men Killed in the Battle: American = 0; British = 0
  • Number of men wounded: American = 1; British = 0
  • Number of men captured: American = 1; British = 78 - all captured

Additional Reading:

Listing of who was there; The following list was compiled by the late Robert O. Bascom, of Fort Edward, after many years of research. All were with Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga.

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  • Amariah Dana. . . . . . .Amherst, Mass
  • Capt. Asa Douglas. . . . . . .Jericho, Mass
  • Capt. Israel Dickinson. . . . . . .Pittsfield, Mass
  • Matthew Dunning. . . . . . .South Williamstown, Mass
  • John Deming. . . . . . .Pittsford, VT
  • Josiah Dunning. . . . . . .Pownal, VT

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  • Thomas Johnson. . . . . . .Newbury, VT
  • Noah Jones. . . . . . .Shoreham, VT
  • James Jones

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  • John Kennedy. . . . . . .Bolton, VT
  • John Kennedy, Jr. . . . . . . .Bolton, VT
  • Samuel Keep. . . . . . .Salisbury, CT
  • Elijah Kellogg. . . . . . .Shoreham, VT

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  • Ebenezer Marvin
  • Captain Edward Mott
  • Judah Moffet. . . . . . .Brimfield, Mass
  • Capt. Joseph McCracken
  • Major Amos Morrill. . . . . . .NH

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  • William Nichols. . . . . . .Hartford, CT
  • Luke Noble. . . . . . .Rupert, VT
  • Daniel Newton. . . . . . .Shoreham, VT
  • Capt. James Noble

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  • Capt. Noah Phelps. . . . . . .Simsbury, CT
  • Capt. Elisha Phelps. . . . . . .Simsbury, CT
  • Capt. Samuel H. Parsons. . . . . . .Deerfield, Mass
  • Nathaniel Parker. . . . . . .Middle Granville, NY
  • Capt. Oliver Parmerly

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  • James Sargeant. . . . . . .Williamstown, Mass
  • Capt. John Stevens
  • Peleg Sunderland ( In the Congressional Record they show his name as Peleg Sutherling)
  • Stephen Smith. . . . . . .Manchester, VT
  • Nathan Smith, Jr. . . . . . . .Shoreham, VT
  • Ephraim Stevens. . . . . . .Pittsford, VT
  • Col. John Spafford. . . . . . .Tinmouth, VT

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  • Joseph Tyler. . . . . . .Bridport, VT
  • Lt. Samuel Torrey. . . . . . .Guilford, VT

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