onsolation in their last hour, for they had no hope that posterity would mark their graves or cherish their memory.
On the day of the battle, the continental congress elected its four major generals.
Of these, the first, from deference to Massachusetts, was Artemas Ward.
Notwithstanding his ill health, he answered: I always have been, and am still ready to devote my life in attempting to deliver my native country.
The American people with ingenuous confidence assumed that Charles Lee,—tpon Israel Putnam, of Connecticut.
Wooster and Spencer, of the same colony, stood before him in age and rank; but the skirmish at Noddle's Island had been heralded as a great victory, and the ballot in his favor is recorded as unanimous.
Of Massachusetts by birth, at the ripe age of thirty seven he began his career in war with the commission from Connecticut of a second lieutenant, and his service had been chiefly as a ranger.
Deficient in the reflective powers, he was also unusually illiter