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The Battle for Fort Ticonderoga was won without a single shot being fired. It was a strategic win for the patriots.

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The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

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Fort Ticonderoga
Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga (Source: Library of Congress)
Fort Ticonderoga was held by the British following battles of the French and Indian War. It was located in New York, on the shore of Lake Champlain.

In May 1775, Ethan Allen and Captain Benedict Arnold of the Connecticut militia led the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont on a raid of Fort Ticonderoga.

The Green Mountain Boys were a regiment made up of settlers from the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga
Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga (Source: Library of Congress)

There weren't many British troops located at the Fort. The Americans stormed the Fort at dawn while the British troops were still sleeping. They captured the Fort without a single shot being fired.

In capturing the Fort, the Green Mountain Boys captured 78 pieces of heavy artillery including 59 cannons. These cannons were later moved to Boston and played a major role in driving the British out of Boston.

 

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