This young man was Samuel Ward
of the First Rhode Island Regiment, and our mother's grandfather.1
's painting of the Attack
in 1776, there is a portrait of Lieutenant-Colonel Ward
, a young, active figure with sword uplifted.
His life was full of stirring incident.
In 1775 he received his commission as Captain
, and was one of two hundred and fifty of the Rhode Island
troops who volunteered to join Benedict Arnold
's command of eleven hundred men, ordered to advance by way of the Kennebec River
to reinforce General Montgomery
In a letter to his family, dated Point-aux-Trembles, November 26, 1775, Captain Ward
says: “We were thirty days in the wilderness, that none but savages ever attempted to pass.
We marched a hundred miles upon shore with only three days provisions, waded over three rapid rivers, marched through snow and ice barefoot, passed over the St. Lawrence
where it was guarded by the enemy's frigates, and are now resting about twenty-four miles from the city to recruit our worn-out natures.
intends to join us immediately, so that we have a winter's campaign before us. But I trust we shall have the glory of taking Quebec
The young soldier's hopes were vain.
He was taken prisoner with many of his men while gallantly defending a difficult position, and spent a year in prison.
On his release he rejoined the army of Washington