Clement Gosselin (1747 - 1816)

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Birthplace: Île d'Orléans, Canada
Death: Died in Beekmantown, NY, USA
Occupation: Army Major, Major Continental Army US
Managed by: Therese Marie Catherine Bilodeau (Sanders)
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About Clement Gosselin

Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A046437

Service: CONTINENTAL LINE Rank(s): PATRIOTIC SERVICE, MAJOR

Birth: 6-12-1747 STE FAMILLE CANADA

Death: 3-9-1816 BEEKMANTOWN CLINTON CO NEW YORK

Pension Number: *W16655

Service Source: *W16655; BLWT 885-300

Service Description: 1) BREVET MAJOR IN 2D CANADIAN REGT, COL HAZEN; ALSO CAPT; 2) ALSO PVT, GEN MONTGOMERY; PRISONER OF WAR

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Clément Gosselin (June 12, 1747 – March 9, 1816) was a French Canadian soldier who served in Moses Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He recruited other French Canadians, assisted in American operations during and after the Battle of Quebec, and, following the American retreat from Quebec in 1776, continued to serve in Hazen's regiment. Included in that service were spy missions to the province of Quebec.

Early life

Clément Gosselin was born in 1747. He was the youngest of a large family living in Saint-Famille, on the eastern side of Île d'Orléans east of the city of Quebec. At the time of the British invasion of 1759 Gosselin was twelve years old.

American Revolutionary War

Gosselin participated in the American attack on Quebec City on December 31, 1775, probably serving in James Livingston's 1st Canadian Regiment. In March 1776 Gosselin joined Moses Hazen's 2nd Canadian Regiment as a Captain.

He took part in the Battle of Saint-Pierre on March 25, 1776, when 150 pro-American Canadians and 80 Americans defeated 150 pro-British Canadians recruited by Liénard de Beaujeu.

When the Continental Army retreated from Quebec in May 1776, Gosselin went into hiding in Canada, not reappearing until August 1777, 15 months later.

He was taken prisoner by the British in October 1777 and released eight months later in June 1778.

In May 1778, he rejoined Hazen's regiment with his father-in-law, Germain Dionne, and his older brother, Louis Gosselin.

On November 28, 1778, Gosselin, following a spy mission to Quebec, sent a report on the state of the British force in Canada to Washington.

In April 1779, he went with Moses Hazen to build a proposed invasion route from the "Coos Country" of northern New Hampshire (then part of the disputed New Hampshire Grants, which eventually became the state of Vermont) into Canada. Known as the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, it was never completed.

In 1780, his regiment was sent to Albany to guard the frontier from Iroquois attack. In June 1781, he was in Fishkill east of the Hudson river, just below West Point. There his regiment received orders to proceed to Yorktown in the south.

On October 4, 1781, he was severely wounded in the leg during the Siege of Yorktown, due to wood splinters sent flying by a cannon ball.

After the war

In January of 1782 Clément was stationed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to guard prisoners captured at Yorktown. In 1783 he was discharged and given a Major's pension. He was also given a land grant at Chazy, near Lake Champlain in New York state.

He was with General von Steuben in Newburg, New York, to receive his membership in The Society of the Cincinnati.

Media

Gosselin was featured in the CBC Television series Canada: A People's History as one of a number of French-Canadians who not only sympathized with the American cause, but was willing to fight for them against the British.[

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Clement Gosselin's Timeline

1747
June 12, 1747
Canada
1770
January 22, 1770
Age 22
QC, Canada
1770
Age 22
1773
1773
Age 25
1775
1775
Age 27
1777
1777
Age 29
1780
1780
Age 32
1787
January 15, 1787
Age 39
Longueuil, QC, Canada
1788
1788
Age 40
1789
1789
Age 41