Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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hottest of the battle. His person was known to the soldiers, and his name rang with shouts along the line.

A few days after the battle of Bunker Hill eight brigadier-generals were appointed by Congress, the first of whom was Colonel Pomroy. He had held a commission under Sir William Johnson, and commanded a regiment of the provincial militia; but his appointment as senior brigadier causing some difficulty in the adjustment of questions of rank, he declined it, and soon after retired to his farm. In the following year, however, when New Jersey was overrun by the enemy, he headed the militia of his neighbourhood, who marched to the Hudson river, and never returned from that expedition. He died at Peekskill, in New York, in 1777.


BRIGADIER-GENERAL JETHRO SUMNER.

JETHRO SUMNER was among the most active inhabitants of North Carolina in preparing for the Revolution, which he on an early day perceived was inevitable. By the Provincial Congress, which met at Halifax on the 4th of April, 1776, he was appointed colonel of the third regiment, and on the 9th of January, 1779, he was appointed a brigadier-general in the continental service.

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