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When word of the skirmishes in Massachusetts and Virginia reached Connecticut, the General Assembly secretly instructed Colonel Ethan Allen to enlist a group of men to disable Ticonderoga, a British stronghold in New York. Late in the evening of May 9, 1775, Allen and his Green Mountain Boys approached the unsuspecting garrison, quietly capturing the sentries and securing the barracks of sleeping British soldiers. Allen then pushed on to camp headquarters and roused the commandant, Captain de la Place. Allen himself described what next occurred:
Hugh Moore, Memoir of Col. Ethan Allen (Plattsburgh, NY: O.R. Cook, 1834), pp. 94-95. See also The River Hudson, p. 41 (1859) in the New York Public Library Digital Library Collections
Ethan Allen later became publicly antagonistic to the Christian religion. Perhaps this was a result of cognitive conflict between his faith and his participation in acts of violence against Christians from Britain. Against this theory is the fact that the Revolution was fought by those who strongly believed in Christianity.
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