Offering a one-page, 6 ½ x 7 ¾, Revolutionary War-Date
document, rich with history, regarding Samuel Webb’s regiment and signed twice
by Ebenezer Huntington, being an attestation and a pay order for the service of
William Thrall, a drummer in Webb’s regiment. The document reads, “This may certify that
William Thrall was in service in Col. Sam’l Webb’s Regiment the 1st
of January 1782…Ebenz Huntington
“Please to deliver to Stephen Kellogg my notes…for my service in Col. Sam’l B. Webbs Regiment for the year one thousand seven hundred eighty and eighty one. William Thrall, Drummer…Oct. 18, 1782…To Committee Pay table, Hartford…The above signed in my person Eben Huntington…(small listing of the pay table at the bottom)”
SAMUEL BLACHLEY WEBB (1753-1807) was the commanding officer of the 9th Connecticut Regiment of the Revolutionary War. Webb’s father died in 1761 and his mother remarried the family attorney, Silas Deane. Deane served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and then as first foreign diplomat to France. Near the end of the war, Congress charged Deane with financial impropriety and the British intercepted some letters in which he implied that the American cause was hopeless. After the war, Deane lived in Ghent and London and died under mysterious circumstances while attempting to return to America.
As Deane’s assistant, Webb learned much about the issues separating the colonies from Britain as well as the problems with arming a militia for the revolution.
News of the Battles of Lexington and Concord reached Wethersfield in the spring of 1775. Webb took the post of ensign when its previous ensign, Barnabas Deane (brother of Silas), resigned his commission. The Wethersfield Militia Company stood out in comparison to others. They were the only militia wearing uniforms. As a result, they were given visible assignments during the year-long Siege of Boston. They were heavily involved with the Battle of Bunker Hill. Within a month after Bunker Hill, Webb was promoted to captain, brevet major and aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam.
In June 1776, Webb was promoted to lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to George Washington. He worked alongside Washington during the fall and summer campaigns of 1776 during which the Continental Army was forced out of New York and across New Jersey. In December 1777, Webb was captured by a British warship. It was customary to offer parole to officers taken prisoner and, as a result, Webb was allowed to board in a private home on Long Island during his captivity. He was also allowed to travel often between enemy lines and make frequent trips home to Wethersfield to Gen. Washington’s headquarters. In 1780, Webb was released.
In recognition of his wartime services, Webb was promoted by Washington to brigadier general upon his retirement.
EBENEZER HUNTINGTON (1754-1834) was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and afterwards a United States Representative from Connecticut. Huntington participated in the Siege of Boston until its close when he marched with George Washington to New York. He was promoted to Captain in May 1776 and fought in the Battle of Long Island under Col. Samuel Wyllys. By the end of the battle, he was promoted to brigadier major. In 1777, he was promoted to major of Webb’s Additional Continental Regiment, which was part of Maj. Gen. Israel Putnam’s division. He participated in the Battle of Rhode Island during the summer of 1778. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in October 1778 and fought in the Battles of Springfield in New Jersey. Huntington was given command of a light infantry regiment and marched with Washington to Yorktown where he witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis. He is represented in the painting by John Trumbull as one of the American officers. Huntington was one of the original members of the Society of Cincinnati.
Expected toning and folds with some foxing. Else very good condition and a wonderful addition to any Revolutionary War collection.
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