Battle of Crown Point

The Battle of Crown Point was a battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place May 12, 1775 at Fort Crown Point on the shore of Lake Champlain near what is now Crown Point, New York. American forces under Seth Warner, one of Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys, were victorious and captured the fort.

The battle took place a day after the Americans captured the poorly-guarded Fort Ticonderoga, one of the opening actions of the Revolutionary War. The fall of Ticonderoga came shortly after the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The Americans had decided to seize Fort Ticonderoga before it could be reinforced by the British, who might then use the fort to stage attacks on the American rear.

Fort Crown Point was the largest earthen fort built in North America and was located on the shore of Lake Champlain, about 10 miles down the shore from Ticonderoga.

Warner marched a detachment up the lake shore and captured nearby Fort Crown Point, garrisoned by only nine men. On May 12, Allen sent the prisoners to Connecticut's Governor Jonathan Trumbull noting that "I make you a present of a Major, a Captain, and two Lieutenants of the regular Establishment of George the Third."


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