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Encyclopedia > Gold Selleck Silliman

Gold Selleck Silliman was born in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1732, graduated from Yale University and practiced law and served as a crown attorney before the American Revolution. He became a militia General during the American War for Independence. Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Events February 23 - First performance of Handels Orlando, in London June 9 - James Oglethorpe is granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... John Trumbulls Declaration of Independence, showing the five-man committee in charge of drafting the Declaration in 1776 as it presents its work to the Second Continental Congress The American Revolution refers to the period during the last half of the 18th century in which the Thirteen Colonies that... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies. ...


Biography

Silliman was the commander of a local body of militia cavalry and took rank as a Militia Brigadier General after 1776. He patrolled the southwestern border of Connecticut, where the loyalists of Westchester County, New York caused constant irritation and concern for patriot towns and farms along the Connecticut coast. He also fought with the main army during the New York Campaign of 1776 and opposed the British raid on Danbury in 1777. At the beginning of Tryon’s raid on Danbury, Connecticut, the General was at his home in Fairfield. As soon as he heard word of the British landing on the coast, he sent out expresses to alarm the nearby towns and to collect the militia. By Noon the next day he arrived in Redding, Connecticut with five hundred men and was joined by Generals Benedict Arnold and David Wooster. Lebanese Kataeb militia A Militia is an organization of citizens to provide defense, emergency or paramilitary service, or those engaged in such activity. ... French Republican Guard - May 8, 2005 celebrations Cavalry (from French cavalerie) were soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback in combat. ... A Brigadier General, or one-star general, is the lowest rank of general officer in the United States and some other countries, ranking just above Colonel and just below Major General. ... Year 1776 (MDCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... The New York Campaign describes the actions and battles of the American Revolutionary War, by which the British forces gained control of New York City and its surroundings in the summer and fall of 1776. ... Year 1777 (MDCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... Nickname: Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Danbury Region Housatonic Valley Incorporated (town) 1702 Incorporated (city) 1889 Consolidated 1965 Government  - Type Mayor-council  - Mayor Mark D. Boughton (R) Area  - City 114. ... Redding is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... Benedict Arnold V (January 14, 1741 – June 14, 1801) was a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. ... David Wooster (1710–1777) was an American military leader from Connecticut. ...


One night in May 1779, nine tories crossed the sound in a whale boat from Lloyd’s Neck. One of them had been employed by Silliman as a carpenter, so he knew the house well. Eight of the men forced their way into the house at midnight and took the general and his son. they were taken to Oyster Bay and finally to Flatbush to be exchanged a year later. 1779 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


The Americans had no prisoner of equal rank to exchange for Silliman, so they captured one. The Honorable Thomas Jones, a highly reputed loyalist, was captured in November 1779 by U.S. Naval Captain David Hawley and brought back to Connecticut. Silliman and Jones were exchanged in May 1780, with the General’s son being exchanged as well. These heroic events were accurately depicted in the 1994 TV movie Mary Silliman's War by Heritage Films based on the 1984 biography by Richard & Joy Buel. General Silliman died in 1790. 1779 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: shameless vanity If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... 1780 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1790 (MDCCXC) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Family

The General's son Benjamin Silliman was born in the home of Eliakim Beach, a family friend, in Trumbull, Connecticut after his mother fled Fairfield ahead of the invading British troops. Benjamin Silliman became one of the first professors of science at Yale University. Benjamin Silliman. ... Trumbull is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. ... “Yale” redirects here. ...


References

  • Lossing, Pictorial Field-Book of The Revolution, New York, 1860
  • Who Was Who in the American Revolution, 1993

 
 

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