This vote alone entitled him to registration with his class in the catalogues of the alumni.
He served as lieutenant in Moses Draper's company of Thomas Gardner's Massachusetts regiment at Bunker Hill,
Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, by Francis S. Drake. and in Bond's (25th) regiment at the siege of Boston and the invasion of Canada; was commissioned captain in the Second Massachusetts regiment, April 7, 1779, to date from July 1, 1776 (commission signed by John Jay, President of Congress); captain in the Third (Greaton's) Massachusetts regiment, Sept. 29, 1779, to date from Jan. 1, 1777; and again, Sept. 16, 1782, to date from Jan. 1, 1777; and major, March 4, 1783, to date from Oct. 1, 1782.
His several commissions are preserved.
The following sketch of Major Sumner is combined from two manuscript sketches left by his son, with some abridgment:—
On the 21st of April, 1776, the regiments under Colonels Greaton, Patterson, Bond, and Poor were se