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A surprise attack before dawn on this day May 10, 1775, gave America one of its first great victories of the Revolutionary War. Ethan Allen, who commanded the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont, captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain without the loss of a man by overrunning the stronghold in the early morning while the British were still sleeping. Allen demanded immediate surrender, whereupon the bewildered British captain asked in whose name such a request was being made. Ethan Allen responded: “In the Name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress.”

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