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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Barton, William, 1784-1831 Military officer; born in Warren, R. I., May 26, 1784. Holding the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Rhode Island militia, he, with a small party, crossed Narraganset Bay in the night (July 10, 1777) and seized and carried away the British General Prescott (see Prescott, Richard). For this service Congress gave him a sword and a commission of colonel in the Continental army. He was wounded at Bristol Ferry in August, 1778, and was disabled from further service in the war. He was a member of the Rhode Island convention William Barton. which finally adopted the national Constitution. He died in Providence, R. I., Oct. 22, 1831.
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