Overview and Summary of the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
Battle of Fort Ticonderoga - Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold
Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold both realized that Fort Ticonderoga would be a relatively easy target for the colonists. Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold shared command and with a band of 168 Green Mountain Boys and New England militia, captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in an early morning raid on May 10, 1775.
The rebels sneaked into the fort of sleeping troops and demanded its surrender. The garrison commander, Captain William DeLaPlace, surrendered his sword and the fort to the rebels. Not one person was killed in the daring dawn raid. Following the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Colonel Henry Knox transported more than 60 tons of military supplies including 59 artillery pieces from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Ticonderoga’s cannon were placed on Dorchester Heights which had a commanding view of Boston. The threat of the cannon forced the British to evacuate Boston on March 17, 1776 and the Continental Army entered Boston the next day.
The Importance and Significance of the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
Significance of the Battle of Fort Ticonderoga: 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.