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tenant 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 fromnt:—
On the 21st of April, 1776, the regiments under Colonels Greaton, Patterson, Bond, and Poor were sent, after the evacuation of Boston by the British, to succor the remnants of Montgomery's army, then hard pressed and on their retreat from Canada.
In one of these regiments Sumner was a lieutenant,— healthful, active, and intelligent.
By the invitation of his general officers, Schuyler and Arnold, he was induced to quit for a while his station in the line and enter the flotilla of gunboa