This talk will tell the thrilling story of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys leaving Bennington and traveling north through Manchester to Fort Ticonderoga. The fort was then captured on May 10, 1775 for “America’s First Victory.” Additionally, the role of Benedict Arnold in this famous American event will be illustrated. Two years later in 1777, British General Burgoyne came south from Canada, recaptured Fort Ticonderoga causing the Americans to evacuate and come through Manchester. On his way to Saratoga, Burgoyne ran out of supplies and sent a contingent to capture the stores at Bennington. The resulting Battles of Bennington and Saratoga resulted in the turning point of the Revolution because the French entered on the American side. Many of the buildings and sites that still exist will be shown with slides and video clips.
Having researched the American Revolution, Richard Smith has written two bestselling books on Vermont and New England’s role in the Revolution: The Revolutionary War in Bennington County: A History & Guide and Ethan Allen & the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga. His books have been recommended by VPR and he has appeared on WCAX-TV (CBS affiliate) Burlington. He has presented throughout New England and New York to various groups including the New Hampshire DAR, the Fort Ticonderoga Education Center and Fort Johnson troops. A former President of the Manchester Historical Society, he is currently serving his third three-year term as a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society in Montpelier/Barre. In addition to giving history tours for twenty years in Bennington County, Dick has also hosted an award winning public television series on Vermont History.