Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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BRIGADIER-GENERAL JAMES REED.

IF we look into the history of New Hampshire, we shall find that the people of that state had very little cause, aside from their love of liberty and a natural sympathy with the other colonies, for engaging in the Revolution. The rule of Wentworth, the last of the royal governors in that province, had been popular, and foreseeing the storm, he had endeavoured as much as possible to conciliate the people, hoping thus to secure the public tranquillity and effect a reconciliation with the mother country. There were here few personal injuries and no great family interests mixed up with the contest.

JAMES REED, of Fitzwilliam, was an officer of the militia, and when news of the events of Lexington reached his remote residence, he volunteered with his neighbours to engage in the conflict. Four weeks afterwards, when the Provincial Congress voted to raise three regiments, the command of the second was given to Colonel Reed. He was present in the battle on the heights of Charlestown, on the 17th June, being posted with Stark on the left wing, behind a fence, from which they poured a destructive fire upon the advancing ranks of the British. After the evacuation of Boston by the enemy, the New Hampshire regiments went with Washington to New York, whence they were ordered up the Hudson, and into Canada, under the immediate command of General Sullivan. The object of this movement was to reinforce the army which had been sent the preceding year against Quebec, and which was now retreating. Sullivan met them at the mouth of the Sorel. Arnold, true to his mercenary character, was engaged in plundering the Canadian merchants, under a pretence of supplying the

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