Footnotes for a Hero
The late General Allen did not enter the shades without a benediction. Down in New Haven, two hundred and ten miles as the gray goose flies, President Ezra Stiles of Yale presently learned of the Visitation in the green hills. Wrote he in his famous diary: "Died in Vermont the profane and impious Deist, Gen. Ethan Allen, Author of the Oracles of Reason, a Book replete with scurrilious Reflexions on Revelation. 'And in Hell he lift up his Eyes being in torment.'"
A benediction of greater moment came a little later from the Congress of the United States, when on March 4, 1791, Vermont became the fourteenth state. The tormented General had done his work well.
A posthumous son, Ethan Alphonso, was born October 24, 1789. Both he and the other son, Hannibal, entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, from which Hannibal was graduated as a second lieutenant of artillery in 1804, and Ethan with the same rank in 1809. Both attained the rank of captain. Hannibal died in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1813. Ethan died at Lebanon, the family residence of his wife, near Norfolk, in 1855.