Washington and His Generals - Vol. 2

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XV.
MAJOR GENERAL LINCOLN.

His Youth--Enters the Army--Appointed Major General--Narrowly escapes Capture--Sent to Vermont--Joins Gates at Saratoga--Is wounded--Appointed over the Southern Army--Battle of Stono-- Siege and storming of Savannah--Siege of Charleston--Its surrender--Siege of Yorktown--Is elected Member of Congress--Quells Shay's Rebellion--His death and Character.

SOME men, though possessed of every requisite to secure success, never, or seldom, meet with it. Placed in circumstances that mock their endeavors, they show their power and force only by the noble manner in which they fail. BENJAMIN LINCOLN was one of these. Though serving throughout the war, and engaged in several fierce battles, he never won a victory. Born in the little town of Hingham, near Boston, January 23d, 1733, he was forty-two years old when the battle of Bunker's Hill was fought. His father joined the two occupations of farmer and maltster, and was enabled to give his son only a common-school education. When twenty-two years of age the robust young farmer was appointed adjutant in a regiment of militia, commanded by his father; and afterwards rose to lieutenant-colonel. He took sides with the colonies from the outset, and in 1775 was elected member of the pro-

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