Monday, March 4

We Were There with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

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Has anyone ever called you a Benedict Arnold?  Do you really know the story behind the man...?

Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold were leaders in the American Revolution, both fighting on the side of the colonists.  On May 10, 1775, the two led a group of Green Mountain Boys in a surprise attack on Fort Ticonderoga, capturing the fort!

The colonists needed cannon to fight against the king's men, and Fort Ti was the place to get them.  After capturing the fort, Henry Knox was charged with figuring out how to get all of the cannon to Boston, where they were needed.  (They were later used in Dorchester Heights and the Boston Siege.)

Capturing Fort Ticonderoga was a small, but important, victory for the colonists.  It opened doors to further actions in southern Canada and Lake Champlain, and boosted the confidence of the patriots.  Benedict Arnold was crucial in these victories, so why is he considered a traitor today?  Follow our unit to learn more!

Virtual Field Trip

A long, winding back road in the Adirondack Mountains will take you to Fort Ti.  Inside the fort, we watched the cobbler make shoes and the tailor cut new uniforms.  All costumes worn here are made in-house using the original methods.  Our boys' favorite part of this trip, however, was pretending to shoot the cannons!
These are similar to the fifty-nine cannons that Henry Knox had figure out how to move to Boston.  He created giant sleds and dragged them all back...in only two months!

Identify
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Henry Knox
  • Cannons
  • Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
  • Green Mountain Boys
  • Ethan Allen
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Fort Carillon
  • French
  • British
  • May 10, 1775
  • New York
  • French Indian War
Think
  • Using this information, who was Benedict Arnold? How has our understanding of Benedict Arnold's contributions to the history of America been altered by propaganda and the desire to change our understanding of the past?
  • How are the letters of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold different?  Why do you think they tell different versions of the account?  (Use the two primary resources below)

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