Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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BRIGADIER-GENERAL ENOCH POOR.

WHEN Lafayette revisited the theatre of his youthful triumphs, the sight of the scarred veterans who greeted his progress brought to his remembrance many a gallant comrade who was now sleeping. Arriving at the capital of New Hampshire, the survivors of the Revolution flocked from all quarters to see him. Some who had fought by his side at Monmouth, Brandywine, and Yorktown, shed tears on being recognised by their old commander after a separation of fifty years. The occasion was one of joy to the illustrious foreigner, as well as to the thousands who thronged about him; and when the orators had spoken at the festive board, and the guest was called on by a gray-haired veteran for a sentiment, he rose, and in a few brief words, uttered with a look and tone of feeling which will never be forgotten by those who heard him, offered the following toast: "Light Infantry, POOR, and Yorktown, SCAMMELL." A volume could not have better expressed his opinion of the gallant dead. General Poor he remembered as the leader of the noble corps of light infantry attached to his division in 1780, and the heroic Colonel Scammell he had seen mortally wounded at the siege of Yorktown.

ENOCH POOR was a native of Andover, in Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Poor, and grandson of Daniel Poor, one of the first settlers of that town. After acquiring the education of the common schools in his native place, he removed to Exeter, then one of the most flourishing towns in New Hampshire, where he engaged in commercial pursuits, which occupied his attention until the opening of the war of Independence summoned him to the field. When they heard of the conflict at Lexington, the people

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