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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Schuyler, Fort (search)
vilization. There was a small garrison there in the summer of 1777, commanded by Col. Peter Gansevoort. It stood as a sort of barrier against hostile tribes of the Six Nations. The little garrison had been reinforced by the regiment of Col. Marinus Willett, and was well provisioned. Burgoyne had sent Colonel St. Leger with Canadians, Tories, and Indians, by way of Lake Ontario, to penetrate the Mohawk Valley and made his way to Albany, there to meet the general. St. Leger appeared before Fng, stores, and other spoils of his camp sufficient to fill twenty wagons fell into the hands of the Americans. A part of the Greens who had gone to oppose the advance of Herkimer, approaching at that moment, St. Leger continued the siege. Colonel Willett stealthily left the fort at night with a message to Schuyler, then near the mouth of the Mohawk, asking for relief. Schuyler called for a volunteer leader. General Arnold responded, and beat up for recruits. The next day 800 strong men we
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
ericans retire across the Hudson to Saratoga, and thence to Stillwater; Burgoyne reaches the Hudson......July 29, 1777 St. Leger, co-operating with Burgoyne, advances from Montreal with a large force of Canadians and Indians; invests Fort Stanwix......Aug. 3, 1777 General Herkimer, with about 800 men, advances to the relief of Fort Stanwix; when within 6 miles of the fort, falls into an ambuscade at Oriskany, is mortally wounded, but repulses the enemy with aid from the fort under Colonel Willett......Aug. 6, 1777 Two detachments of British and Indians from Burgoyne's army, numbering about 500 men each, under Colonels Baume and Breyman, defeated by Gen. John Stark at Walloomsac......Aug. 16, 1777 Gen. Philip Schuyler superseded by Gen. Horatio Gates......Aug. 22, 1777 General Sullivan lands on Staten Island, surprises two regiments of Tories, and captures many prisoners......Aug. 22, 1777 St. Leger retreats from Fort Stanwix to Montreal before General Arnold, sent wi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 (search)
Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 Military officer; born in Jamaica, L. I., July 31, 1740; graduated at King's College in 1775; he served under Abercrombie in the attack on Ticonderoga, and was with Bradstreet in the expedition against Fort Frontenac. He was one of the most conspicuous of Marinus Willett. the New York Sons of Liberty. In 1775 he entered McDougall's regiment as captain, and joined Montgomery in the invasion of Canada. After the capture of St. John he remained there, in command, until January, 1776, and was soon afterwards made lieutenant-colonel of the 3d New York Regiment. In May, 1777, he was ordered to Fort Stanwix, and assisted in its defence in August following, making a successful sortie to effect a diversion in favor of General Herkimer (see Oriskany, battle of). He bore a message, by stealth, to General Schuyler, which led to the expedition up the Mohawk Valley, under General Arnold, that caused the abandonment of the siege of Fort Stanwix. He joined the a
among them that he was left with no more than eight hundred men to garrison his conquests, and to go down against Quebec. He was deserted even by most of the Green Mountain Boys, who at first were disposed to share his winter campaign. The continental congress, which was eager Chap. LIV.} 1775. Nov. for the occupation of Canada, took no seasonable care to supply the places of his men as their time of enlistment expired. On the twenty sixth, leaving St. John's under the command of Marinus Willett of New York, and entrusting the government of Montreal to Wooster of Connecticut, and in the spirit of a lawgiver who was to regenerate the province, making a declaration that on his return he would call a convention of the Canadian people, Montgomery embarked on board three armed schooners with artillery and provisions and three hundred troops; and on the third day of De- Dec. cember, at Point aux Trembles, made a junction with Arnold. The famine-proof veterans, now but six hundred a