; born in Warwick, R. I.
, May 12, 1737; was major in the army of observation authorized by the legislature of Rhode Island
He accompanied Arnold
through the wilderness to Quebec
in the fall of 1775, and was made prisoner in the attack on that city at the close of Decem ber. In October, 1776, he was put in command of a regiment, and was placed in charge of Fort Mercer, on the Delaware
, which he gallantly defended the next year.
He took part in Sullivan
's campaign in Rhode Island
in 1778, and in the spring of 1781 his quarters on the Croton River, Westchester co., N. Y.
, were surrounded by a party of loyalists, and he was slain May 13, 1781.
For his defence of Fort Mercer, Congress voted him a sword in 1786, and it was presented to his eldest son.