Samuel Blachley Webb (1753 - 1807) MP

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Birthplace: Wethersfield, CT, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Occupation: Aide-de-Camp to General Washington
Managed by: William Webb
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About Samuel Blachley Webb

A Patriot of the American Revolution for CONNECTICUT with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor # A123904

Samuel's middle name came from his maternal grandmother, Sarah Blatchley. Samuel Blatchley's letters, military orders and other documents survive in a three volume collection covering the time period 1752-1809 and in additional volumes. Much has been written about Samuel Blatchley Webb, but here are a few highlights of this Revolutionary War hero:

Wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill and was commended for gallantry. Appointed Aide-de-Camp for General Israel Putnam. On June 21, 1776, was appointed Aide-de-Camp for General George Washington. Wrote the order for the reading of the Declaration of Independence in New York on July 9, 1776. A few days later, refused a letter from British Lord Howe to George Washington because it improperly addressed Washington, not as General, but as "Esquire". Crossed the Delaware with Washington on Christmas evening, 1776. Wounded again in the Battles of Trenton and White Plains. In the Battle of White Plains, a musketball passed through his leg and killed his horse. Raised and organized at his own expense the 9th Connecticut Regiment, known as 'Webb's Additional Regiment' which he assumed command of on January 11, 1777. Participated in General Samuel H. Parson's expedition to Long Island where he and many others were taken prisoner by the British. Released from British captivity as part of a prisoner exchanged at which time he assumed command of the light infantry as Brevet Brigadier General. Arranged the meeting between General George Washington and Rochambeau on May 19, 1781 at his brother Joseph's Hospitality House in Whethersfield. The above meeting resulted in French assistance in and the planning of the Siege of Yorktown, which resulted in Cornwallis' defeat, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Founder of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783. He was buried at the Dutch Reform Church in Claverack, NY. Samuel was afforded many privileges while prisoner of the British. He apparently was able to travel somewhat. While technically in captivity, he married Elizabeth Bancker on October 20, 1779. At one point during his status as prisoner, due to the ill health of his new wife, he was able to return to Whethersfield for a visit in hope the visit would improve her health. The trip from Long Island to Whethersfield took a month, and toward the end of the trip, just a short distance from Whethersfield, Elizabeth died in February of 1781. An account of this trip by a son of Samuel Blatchley, says that Elizabeth died from complications from childbirth and that the child died a few days later.

The full text of an interesting book written by a son of Samuel Blatchley Webb, The Reminiscences of General Samuel B. Webb, is available online at google books.

On September 5, 1790, Samuel married his second wife, Catherine Hogeboom daughter of Judge Stephen Hogeboom. The couple had 9 children, some of whom are notable.

Jerry Francis, a Tour Guide at Shelburne Farms, provided this description of Samuel's role in the inauguration of George Washington: Samuel Blatchley was chosen by Congress to be one of the 13 Assistants for the inauguration of George Washington as the first President of our country on April 30, 1789 in New York City . General Webb accompanied his old commander’s carriage, on horseback wearing his General’s uniform, from his lodgings to the Senate room and then on to St. Paul's. -------------------- "WEBB, Samuel Blatchley, soldier, was born in Wethersfield, Conn., Dec. 15, 1753; descendant of Richard Webb, a native of Dorsetshire, England, who came to Cambridge, Mass., in 1626; was a freeman in Boston, Mass., in 1632, and a companion of the Rev. Thomas Hooker in Hartford, Conn., in 1635. His father having died when he was quite young, Samuel B. Webb became private secretary to his stepfather, Silas Deane.

He was 1st lieutenant of a company under Captain Chester; commanded a company of light infantry at Bunker Hill, where he was wounded, and was commended for his gallantry in general orders. He was appointed aide-de-camp to Gen. Israel Putnam in 1775, and in 1776 was private secretary to General Washington with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

He wrote the order for making public the Declaration of Independence in New York city, July 9, 1776, and refused to accept despatches from Lord Howe, addressed to "Mr." George Washington. He took part in the battles of Long Island, Princeton, White Plains and Trenton; raised the 3d Connecticut regiment, and participated in Gen. Samuel H. Parsons's disastrous expedition to Long Island, where he was captured, Dec. 10, 1777, and imprisoned for three years.

He was brevetted brigadier-general in 1780 and succeeded General Steuben to the command

-------------------- U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about General Samuel B Webb Name: General Samuel B Webb SAR Membership: 80383 Birth Date: 15 Dec 1753 Birth Place: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Death Date: 13 Dec 1807 Death Place: Claverack, Columbia, NY, Connecticut Spouse: Catherine Hogeboom Children: Henry Livingston Webb

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Brevet Brig. General Samuel Blachley Webb (Continental Army)'s Timeline

1753
December 15, 1753
Wethersfield, CT, USA
1779
October 20, 1779
Age 25
1781
February, 1781
Age 27
1790
September 3, 1790
Age 36
New York, NY, USA
1792
1792
Age 38
1793
1793
Age 39
1795
February 6, 1795
Age 41
Claverack, Columbia, NY, USA
1796
1796
Age 42
1798
1798
Age 44
1798
Age 44