Our Countrymen; Or, Brief Memoirs of Eminent Americans

Our Countrymen; Or, Brief Memoirs of Eminent Americans

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...colonel. He then ordered the drums to bebea en at the church door f-r recruits, and ahxo it three hundred men, chieffy of his congregation, were enrolled under his banner, that day. June, 1776. Congress commissioned him a brigadier, in February, 1777, and he was ordered to take charge of all the Virginia Continental troops. He joined the army, under Washington, at Middlebrook, in May, and was with the chief in all his movements from that time until 1779--Brandywine, Germantown, White Marsh, Valley Forge, and Monmouth. He was with Wayne at the capturo of Stony Point, in July, 1779, and was very active afterward, in Virginia, until the capture of Cornwallis, in the Autumn of 1781. He was a brave participator in that last great battle of the Revolution. At the close of the war he was promoted to major-general, and removed to Pennsylvania. He never resumed his ministerial labors, but served his native State in several civil offices. He was a member of the first and third Congress, after the organization of the Federal Government, and was also a United States Senator, in 1801. He was appointed supervisor of the revenue of Pennsylvania the same year; and, in 1802, he was made collector of the port of Philadelphia. In that offico he remained until his death, which occurred at his country seat, near Philadelphia, on the 1st of October, 1807, when he was precisely sixty-one years of age. His remains lie buried in tho burial-ground at Trappe, near the church wherein he was baptized, r SILAS TALBOT. THE exigencies of the public service during the War for Independence oftentimes made officers amphibious--called to duty on land and water--as in the case of Arnold, Drayton, and others. Silas Talbot was of this class, and ono of the bravest and most devoted....show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546164
  • 9781236546166