Capturing the Fort
On the night of May 9, 1775, about 100 men crossed Lake Champlain and at dawn on May 10, slipped into the Fort. Most of the dozen British soldiers garrisoned there were still asleep. As they entered the officers' quarters, Allen is said to have yelled, "Come out of there, you damned old rat!" Although in his memoirs, Allen later wrote that he had said, "in the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress." The commander of the fort appeared and quickly surrendered the fort.
The fort became the base operations for the Invasion of Canada in the Winter of 1775-76. On December 9, 1775, Henry Knox removed the cannon from the fort and hauled them to Boston, arriving on January 24, 1776, for use in the siege there. On July 6, 1777, Fort Ticonderoga was recaptured by Maj General John Burgoyne. It was then burned in October 1777, when the British were forced to abandon it.