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Chapter XV



About the 20th of June of this year, Gen. Burgoyne with his fleet and army advanced up Lake Champlain, towards the important fortress at Ticonderoga, and soon after arrived with his forces at Crown Point, within a few miles of it, where he halted for a short time. Upon the news of this advance, known as the "Ticonderoga Alarm," a company was at once enlisted and organized at Hollis to aid in the defence of Ticonderoga. This company consisted of fifty-eight men, inclusive of officers, fifty of whom were from Hollis. The commissioned officers of this company were Daniel Emerson, Jun., Captain, Robert Seaver 1st Lieutenant, and David Wallingford 2d Lieutenant, all of Hollis. The company started from Hollis on the 30th of June, (the same day the British troops took possession of Ticonderoga) made a rapid march of sixty-five miles to Walpole, there had orders to return and reached Hollis again on the 4th of July. The next day the company received orders to march a second time for Ticonderoga, started on the 5th of July, proceeded as far as Cavendish, Vermont, (one hundred miles) and there met a New Hampshire regiment, under Col. Bellows, on their retreat, Ticonderoga having been abandoned by its garrison. At Cavendish the company had orders a second time to return home, reached Hollis on the 15th of July and was disbanded. The wages of the private soldiers on these expeditions were three shillings a day, and three pence a mile for travel.


Daniel Emerson, Jun., Capt.  

Eliphalet Brown,  

Nathaniel Leeman,

Robert Seaver, 1st Lieut.,  

Benjamin Colburn,  

Ephraim Lund,

David Wallingford, 2d Lieut.,  

Stephen Conroy,  

Samuel Merrill,

Joshua Boynton, Ser'gt,  

William Cumings,  

Joseph Nevins,

Ephraim Burge, "  

Stephen Dow,  

Elijah Noyes,

Isaac Stearns, Corp.,  

Joseph Farley,  

Ephraim Pierce,

Noah Worcester, Jun., Fifer.  

Josiah Fisk,  

Moses Proctor,


Nehemiah French,  

Jacob Spalding,

Benjamin Abbot,  

Lemuel Hardy,  

Moses Thurston, Jun.,

Jonathan Ames,  

Noah Hardy,  

Ebenezer Townsend,

Eleazer Ball,  

John Hobart,  

Joseph Wheat,

William Ball,  

Joshua Hobart,  

Abner Wheeler,

Daniel Bailey,  

Solomon Hobart,  

Jonas Woods,

Francis Blood,  

Ebenezer Jaquith,  

Nehemiah Woods,

Josiah Blood,  

Ebenezer Jewett,  

Jesse Worcester,

Reuben Blood,  

Jonathan Jewett,  

Lemuel Wright,

Oliver Bowers,  

Samuel Jewett,  

Uriah Wright.


Upon the news of the fall of Ticonderoga, the New Hampshire General Court promptly met on the 17th of July, and, in a session of three days, adopted the most decisive and vigorous measures for the defence of the country and to stop the advance of Gen. Burgoyne. An appeal was made to the New Hampshire militia and minute men which was at once responded to with the like spirit and patriotic devotion as in the years before. In the course of a very few days a brigade composed of three regiments of New Hampshire volunteers was enlisted and organized, and placed under the command of the brave and popular Gen. Stark, two of these regiments consisting of ten companies each, and one of them of but five. These regiments were commanded severally by Colonels Nichols of Amherst, Stickney of Concord, and David Hobart of Plymouth, to
which place he had removed from Hollis, a few years before. Of the 6th company of Col. Nichols' regiment, John Goss was Captain and David Wallingford, 2d Lieutenant, both of Hollis. This company left Hollis on the 20th of July, and was present and shared in the honors of the brilliant and ever memorable battle and victory fought and won at Bennington, mainly by the New Hampshire volunteers, on the following 16th of August. The company afterwards marched as far west as Stillwater, N. Y., and was discharged on the 28th of September, having been in service two months and nine days. It is shown by the Hollis documents and the return of Capt. Goss now at Concord, that in his company there were forty-two men from Hollis, inclusive of officers, and that the wages paid the private soldiers were œ4 10s, per month, and 3d. per mile for travel. The names of these men were

John Goss, Capt.,  

Thomas Kemp,  

Jonathan Russ,

David Wallingford, Second Lt.  

Archibald McIntosh,  

Ephraim Rolfe,

William Adams,  

James McDonald,  

Jonas Shed,

Simeon Blood,  

Samuel Merrill,  

Isaac Stearns,

Henry Bowers,  

Daniel Mooar, Jun.,  

Joseph Stearns,

Eliphalet Brown,  

Jacob Mooar,  

Ebenezer Townsend,

John Campbell,  

Benjamin Messer,  

Abner Wheeler,

John Connick,  

Benjamin Nevins,  

William Wood,

Jonathan French,  

John Nevins,  

Jonas Woods,

Timothy French,  

Ephraim Pierce,  

Nehemiah Woods,

Stephen Hazeltine,  

Francis Powers,  

Noah Worcester, Jun.,

Joshua Hobart,  

Samson Powers,  

Benjamin Wright,

Ephraim How,  

James Rideout,  

Samuel Wright,

Joseph How,  

Stephen Runnells,  

Jesse Wyman.

Two other Hollis soldiers, viz., Samuel Goodhue and Jesse Worcester, served a part of this year in the garrison at Portsmouth, and were paid by the town œ1, 10s. each.

I do not find that any Hollis soldier, this year, died of disease in the service or was killed in battle, with the exception of Ensign Samuel Leeman, Jun., killed at Saratoga, at the taking of Gen. Burgoyne and his army. He was the son of Samuel Leeman, Sen., and born in Hollis, Aug. 7, 1749, aet. 28 years at the time of his death.

In the foregoing lists of the Hollis soldiers fourteen of the names occur twice, the men having enlisted more than once. Making the proper deduction, it will appear that there are in these lists one hundred and ten different names--a number equal very nearly to one in eleven of the population.

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