Ethan Allen Author:Steward H. Holbrook Never in the American scene has there been a livelier, lustier character than the late and profane Colonel Allen, who became one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War because of his part in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. — Early in the morning of May 10, Ethan Allen -- assisted by Benedict Arnold -- caught off guard the British garriso... more »n at Ticonderoga in Northeast New York, gaining for the Revolutionaries one of their earliest victories
Before he took Ticonderoga, Ethan Allen had lived more lives than most men. Of the fourteen years after that, he spent two in chains.
With his Green Mountain Boys he rode roughshod over the Vermont hills and valleys, beating and driving out the dummy settlers from New York. When the Province of New York put a price of 100 pounds on his head, he promptly posted a reward of 25 pounds for the capture of its officials. Although one of America's noted outlaws, Ethan Allen fought New York an Great Britain at one and the same time, and both of them lost.
As tosspot none could match him. He was always a highly unconventional thinker, and his judgment -- or maybe it was his impulse -- was hasty but sound. He was the one and original old ring-tailed peeler. And when it came to downright courage, he had few peers.« less