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Parsons, Samuel Holden 1737- Military officer; born in Lyme, Conn., May 14, 1737; graduated at Harvard College in 1756; admitted to the bar in 1759; was a representative in the Connecticut Assembly for eighteen sessions. He was an active patriot at the beginning of the Revolution. He was made colonel of a Connecticut regiment in 1775, and engaged in the siege of Boston. In August, 1776, he was made a brigadier-general, and as such engaged in the battle on Long Island. In 1779 Parsons sParsons succeeded General Putnam in command of the Connecticut line, and in 1780 was commissioned a majorgeneral. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law, and was appointed by Washington first judge of the Northwestern Territory. He was also employed to treat with the Indians for the extinguishment of their titles to the Connecticut Western Reserve, in northern Ohio. He went to the new territory in 1787; settled there; and was drowned in the Big Beaver River, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1789.
Revolutionary War, The popular name of the struggle of the American colonies against Great Britain for independence in 1775-83; also known in American history as the first war for independence. For a detailed statement of causes the reader is referred to Declaration of Independence. The following is a chronological record of the war: Battle of Lexington, Mass., at dawn of April 19, 1775 Col. Samuel H. Parsons and Benedict Arnold plan, at Hartford, Conn. the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, N. Y. April 27. 1775 Arnold leads his company from New Haven to Boston, arriving April 29, 1775 Fort Ticonderoga captured by Ethan Allen May 10, 1775 Crown Point, N. Y., captured by Americans May 12, 1775 Americans under Benedict Arnold capture St. John, Canada May 1, 1775 British Generals Howe, Clinton, and Burgoyne arrive at Boston from England with troops May 25, 1775 Congress votes to raise 20,000 menJune 14, 1775 George Washington is unanimously elected by Congress commander-in-ch