Colonel Charles Webb's Regimant, 1776 - 19th Continental
[Col. Webb's regiment of 1775, as reorganized for service in the Continental army for the year 1776. From Boston it march under Washington to New York (by way of New London and vessels through the Sound) and served in that vicinity from April to the close of the year. Assisted in fortifying the city; ordered to the Brooklyn front Aug. 27, but not engaged in the Battle of Long Island; closely engaged at the Battle of White Plains Oct. 28; engaged at the Battles of Trenton, Dec. 25, '76, and in part at Princeton, Jan. 3, '77, a portion of the regiment continuing in service with other troops, at urgent request of Washington, about six weeks after expiration of their term. Rolls incomplete.]
FIELD AND STAFF
Colonel: Charles Webb Stamford Served through the year, re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Lieut.-Colonel: Street Hall Wallingford - Major: John Brooks Massachusetts Re-ent. Mass. Cont. service in '77. Surgeon: Francis Forgue Fairfield Served about half the year. Surgeon: Elisha Ely Lyme Appt. July 29, '76. See Parsons' regt. Surgeon's Mate: ---- Rossiter ---- - Surgeon's Mate: Preserve Wood ---- Appt. July 29, '76 Chaplain: Rev. John Gano New York Served subsequently with N. Y. troops. Chaplain: Rev. Joseph Buckminster New Haven Then Tutur at Yale College -- On the rolls in Oct., '76. Adjutant: Charles Webb, Jr. Stamford See Second Lieuts., below Quartermaster: John Elderkin Windham Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Paymaster: Elisha Humphreys ---- Appt. Sept. 22, '76 Names Residence Remarks CAPTAINS Joseph Hait Stamford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77 Nathaniel Tuttle Litchfield - Edward Shipman Saybrook - Isaac Bostwick New Milford - Peter Perritt Milford Pris. at Ft. Washington, N. Y., Nov. 16, '76. See "Knowlton's Rangers." Eli Leavenworth New Haven Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. William, Hull Derby Prom. Maj. 8th Mass. Line, Jan. 1, '77. Nathan Hale Coventry "Martyr Spy." Executed by the enemy in N. Y. Sept. 22, '76. See p. 105. FIRST LIEUTENANTS Joseph Allen Wright Wetherfield Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Eli, Catlin Litchfield Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. John Yates Milford - Samuel Hurlbut ---- - Charles Pond Milford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Robert Lewis Milford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. John Shumway Mansfield Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Alpheus Chapman New London Cashiered June 10, '76, for dis. of orders. SECOND LIEUTENANTS Reuben Scofield Stamford - Jesse Grant Litchfield Pris. at Ft. Washington, N. Y. Nov. 16, '76. Nathan Whittlesey ---- Not on return of July 29, '76. Elisha Bostwick New Milford (?) - Samuel Sanford Milford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Charles Webb, Jr. Stamford Prom. 1st Lieut. in Capt. Hale's Co. in July. William Clark ---- - John Elderkin Windham See Quarter-Master above. ENSIGNS Stephen Betts Stamford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Amos Johnson ---- - Selah Benton Stratford Prom. 2d Lieut. in Capt. Leavenworth's Co. July. Amos Bostwick ---- - William Smith Milford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. John Ball Branford Re-ent. Cont. service in '77. Charles Whittlesey ---- Prom. 2nd Lieut. in Capt. Hale's Co. in July. George Hurlbut New London - Benoni Shipman New Haven Prom. from Serjt-Maj. to Ensign in July in Capt. Shipman's Co. Thos. Updike Fosdick New London Prom. from Sergt to Ensign in July; in Capt. Hall's Co. Pris. at Ft. Wash- ington, N. Y., Nov. 16, '76. See "Rangers."
CASUALTIES IN COL. CHARLES WEBB'S REGIMENT IN VICINITY OF NEW YORK, 1776.
Serjeant Amasa Garrett, killed, Bat. White Plains, Oct. 26. Privates Nathaniel Smith, killed, Bat. White Plains, Oct. 26. Daniel Downs, killed, Bat. White Plains, Oct. 26. Elisha Nichols, killed, Bat. White Plains, Oct. 26. Joll Taylor, killed, Bat. White Plains, Oct. 26. Stephen Upson, killed at Harlem Heights, Sept. 15. Davison Williams, killed, Harlem Heights, Sept. 15. Seth Sturdivant, missing, Sept. 15. David McFall, missing, Sept. 15. John Barsh, missing, Sept. 15. William Jones, missing, Sept. 15. James Hay, missing, Sept. 15. A. Turner, missing, Sept. 15. Gustus Seeley -- Private in Capt. Hull's Co. Webb's Regt. at N. Y. in '76.
"THE NAMES OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN IN CAPT. BOSTWICK'S COMPANY [CHAS. WEBB'S REGT.] WHO CROSSED THE RIVER DELAWARE TO TRENTON, ON THE EVENING OF THE 25TH OF DECEMBER, 1776." -- Revolutionary Rolls, Pension Bureau.
Lieutenant Hulbert Lieutenant Bostwick Ensign Bostwick Sergeant Brownson Sergeant Beach Corporal Thayer Corporal Grover Corporal Bell Drummer Gunn. Fifer Humsted Privates Jeptha Bartholomew Luther Bartholome Isaac Brownson Moses Canfield William Crissey Moses Camp Jonathan Cruttenden Hezekiah Clark Jonathan Davidson Francis Fields Aaron Foot Moses Hurd Robert Nichols George Norton Reuben Pitcher Elisha Phiney Asa Prime Wells Sherwood Aaron Smith John Terril
NATHAN HALE.--One of the first published notices of Hale appears in the following extract from the Boston Chronicle as reprinted in the London Remembrancer in 1782. After noticing the consideration to André the writer proceeds:
"But while we pay the debt of humanity to our enemies, let us not forget what we owe to our friends. About four years ago, CAPT. HALE, an American officer, of a liberal education, younger than André, and equal to him in sense, fortitude, and every manly accomplishment, though without opportunities of being so highly polished, voluntarily went into the city of New York, with a view to serve his invaded country. He performed his part there with great capacity and address, but was accidentally discovered. In this trying circumstance he exhibited all the firmness of André, without the aid of a single countenance around him that spoke either respect or compassion, and though every thing that was said or done to him was adopted to make him feel that he was considered as a traitor and a rebel. André appeared great in not contesting the clear grounds upon which he was condemned, and in refusing to employ the absurd and frivolous pleas that Clinton would have put into his mouth. Hale, though not at all disconcerted, made no plea for himself, and firmly rejected the advantageous offers made im by the enemy upon condition of his entering into their service. André earnestly wished the mode of his death might have been more like that of a soldier, but consoled himself by observing, that in either way it would be 'but a moment's pang.' Hale, calm and collected, took no notice of either of those circumstances. André as he was going to die, with great presence of mind and the most engaging air, bowed to all around him, and returned the respect that had been and was still paid to him; and said: 'Gentleman, you will bear witness that I die with the firmness becoming a soldier.' Hale had received no such respects, and had none to return; but just before he expired, said, aloud: 'I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged, that my only regret is, that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.'"
Ezra Lee and Elijah Selden, of Lyme, were Serjeants, and Thomas Blunfield and William Baker Privates in 10th Continental. Serjt. Lee operated Bushnell's torpedo in the harbor of New York, Aug., 1776. See Naval Record.
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