Ethan Allen

September 25th Celebrates – Ethan Allen

Today on “Days to Remember,” we celebrate Ethan Allen, who was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War on September 25th 1775.

Did you know the Ethan Allen Furniture store, which started as a house wares manufacturer in 1932, in Beecher Falls, Vermont adopted the name “Ethan Allen” after the Vermont Revolutionary leader?

Talk about a small world, the revolutionary leader was a farmer; businessman; land speculator; philosopher; writer; and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, and politician.

He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont, and for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War along with Benedict Arnold.

At the time settlement of Vermont began around 1750, the governors of both New Hampshire and New York began making grants of land in what is now Vermont, often involving the same land.

Ethan Allen organized his Green Mountain Boys to defend the claims of New Hampshire grantees against those of New York grantees, organizing his group in a meeting at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington in 1770.

The controversy was finally resolved in 1790 when Vermont paid New York $30,000 for the disputed land, clearing the way for Vermont’s admission into the union as the fourteenth state the following year.

Today’s YouTube video presentation gives you a little idea what was going on so long ago, brought to you by user name, (Bobble Head George), gives you a little demonstrations on, who Ethan Allen was?

After seizing Ticonderoga, a small detachment captured the nearby Fort Crown Point on May 11. Seven days later, Arnold and 50 men boldly raided Fort Saint-Jean on the Richelieu River in southern Quebec, seizing military supplies, cannons, and the largest military vessel on Lake Champlain.

Beginning on the day of the fort’s capture, Allen and Arnold began a war of words, each attempting to garner for himself as much credit for the operation as possible. Arnold, unable to exert any authority over Allen and his men, began to keep a diary of events and actions, which was highly critical and dismissive of Allen.

Allen, in the days immediately after the action, also began to work on a memoir.

After aborting a poorly planned and ill-timed attack on the British-controlled city of Montreal, Continental Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured by the British on this day in 1775. After being identified as an officer of the Continental Amy, Allen was taken prisoner and sent to England to be executed.

He was imprisoned in England for more than two years until being returned to the United States on May 6, 1778, as part of a prisoner exchange. Allen then returned to Vermont and was given the rank of major general in the Vermont militia.

Ethan Allen died on his farm along the Winooski River in the still independent Republic of Vermont on February 12, 1789, at the age of 51. Two years after his death, Vermont was officially admitted into the Union and declared the 14th state of the United States.

As we remember one of our founding fathers Ethan Allen, who was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War on September 25th 1775.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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