Ethan Allen

June 28, 2021

“Those who invalidate reason
ought seriously to consider
whether they argue against
reason with or with out reason.”

~ Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen took command of the Green Mountain Boys in 1770…the Green Mountain Boys were a raggle-taggle troop from Vermont who banded together to protect their land from encroaching New Yorkers. Allen’s beginnings as a legendary hero, and the groups moment of glory, came when they defeated the British at Fort Ticonderoga. Allen was a hero to some, a trator to others. “George Washington once made this assesment of him: ” There is an original something in him that commands attention.”

The following is a story from American Folklore and Legend by Readers Digest. These are not my words:

A Dangerous Foe

“Strength, courage, and woodscraft made Ethan a dangerous foe. He was so brave that when a British guard spat on him while he was a prisoner, Ethan struck the man with his manacled hands and chased him back to his cabin. He was so tough that he bit the nails out of the handcuffs they had put on him. He was also a sensitive woodsman; when he gave three owl hoots, the Green Mountain Boys’ signal, he was attacked by jealous male owls. Once he was hurrying through the woods to meet some friends and a huge panther leaped on his back. Ethan grabbed the beast, heaved it to the ground, and strangled it. When he arrived at the tavern he apologized for his lateness and appearance. “The goddam Yorkers'” he explained, “have trained and set wild varmits against me!”

“It’s a bad policy to fear the resentment of an enemy.”

Ethan Allen
green mountain boy
born January 21, 1738
(O.S. January 10)


A little about Ethan Allen:

  • Ethan Allen was a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer, lay theologian, American Revolutionary War patriot, and politician
  • born in Litchfield, Connecticut Colony, January 21, 1738
  • died at Burlington, Vermont Republic, February 12, 1789
  • buried at Greenmount Cemetery, Burlington

Princes may make laws and repeal them, but they can neither make nor destroy virtue, and how indeed should they be able to do what is impossible to the Deity himself? Virtue being as immutable in its nature as the divine will which is the ground of it.

~ Ethan Allen ~

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“These are the times that try men’s souls”

~ Thomas Paine

“Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.” — Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

“Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.”

~ Archbishop Charles J. Chaput


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