Historical Parallels.--The first collision of our fathers with the British
after the battle of Lexington
, and the first decided military success of the war, was the capture of Forts Ticonderoga
and Crown Point, and a British armed vessel on Lake Champlain
, which was achieved on the 10th of May following by the Vermont
hero, Col. Ethan Allen
, at the head of a force of Green Mountain
has matched the 19th of April, 1775, with the 19th of April, 1861; so Vermont
now matched the 10th of May, 1775, with the 10th of May, 1841, for on that day, Capt. Lyon
, a Vermonter, and U. S.
at St. Louis
, surrounds the rebel camp threatening that city, and captures 800 men in arms.
's exploit, like Allen
's, was done mostly on his own responsibility, and without direct orders.
, when asked by the British
commandant at Ticonderoga
his authority for demanding its surrender, could only reply, “By the authority of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress;” and Capt. Lyon
, in his summons to Gen. Frost
, demands his surrender on general grounds only.
took the enemy by surprise, who capitulated without striking a blow.