Washington and His Generals - Vol. 2

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XVIII.
MAJOR GENERAL SULLIVAN.

His Birth--Studies Law--Member of the first Congress--Appointed Brigadier General--Sent to Canada--Bravery at Trenton and Princeton--Attack on Staten Island--Battle of Brandywine--Expedition against Newport--Expedition against the Indians--Picturesque appearance of his Army--Beauty of the Indian villages-- Devastation in the track of the Army--Retires from the service-- Elected to Congress--Made Governor of New Hampshire, &c.--His Character.

THE parents of Sullivan were Irish, and emigrated to this country in 1723. They settled in Berwick, Maine, where JOHN SULLIVAN, the subject of this sketch, was born, February 17th, 1740. A farmer in youth, he at a later period studied the law, and eventually established himself at Durham, New Hampshire. His energy and industry soon rendered him a prominent man, and he was chosen delegate to the first Congress. Returning from Congress, he, with John Langdon, headed a small force, and seized Fort William and Mary, at Portsmouth, and carried off the cannon and powder. The next year he was re-chosen as delegate to Congress; but being elected by that body one of the eight brigadier-generals in the new army, he soon after proceeded to head-quarters, at Cambridge. The next year he was sent to command the troops in Canada; but arrived at the Sorel just as the army

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