Ethan's Republic Totters
A minor civil war naturally broke out in the wake of General Allen's ride through the eastern strip of New York. He enjoyed hugely this taking an offensive in his old enemy's own territory, and seeing his fire spread for eighty miles or more.
Loyal Yorkers, who hated the very names of Allen and Vermont, were hurriedly taking steps to put down the uprising and calling for troops to aid them. More than a hundred families fled out of New York to Bennington, in fear of their loyal neighbors. John Williams of White Creek wrote his Governor Clinton in December of 1781 that the situation grew worse daily as Ethan rode. "Nothing but Yorkers and Vermonters is talked of," said Williams, "even by boys and youngsters. . . . If nothing is done by this state [ New York] soon, we shall be compelled to submit ourselves to the jurisdiction of Vermont. . . ."
General Allen in gold lace, and one cannon, were giving New York a taste of the old medicine New York had so often prescribed for others. Governor Clinton roused himself and sent two hundred militiamen to reconquer his lost territory. Governor Chittenden sent about the same number of Ver-