Ruins of Fort Ticonderoga (Source: Library
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
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 (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