Lt. Col. Nathan Gallup

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Nathan Gallup, Lt. Col.

Birthplace: Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lieut. Benadam Gallup II and Eunice Gallup (Cobb)
Husband of Sarah Gallup (Giddings)
Father of Jacob Gallup, Sr.; Sarah (Gallup) Gallup; Ebenezer Gallup; Mary Denison (Gallup); Christopher Gallup and 2 others
Brother of Benadam Gallup; Esther Miner; Henry Gallup; Hannah Allyn; Thomas Gallup and 1 other

Managed by: Keith Neville Bystrom
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About Lt. Col. Nathan Gallup

DAR Ancestor #: A043351


Birth: 1727 Groton New London County Connecticut, USA Death: Jan. 19, 1799 Ledyard New London County Connecticut, USA

He was the son of Lieut. Benadam Gallup and his wife Eunice Cobb. He married Sarah Giddings in Groton May 25, 1749. He was a patriot and served as a Colonel in the American Revolution in the 8th and 27th Connecticut Regiments. He fought in the Battle of Groton Heights September 6, 1781.

Colonel Nathan Gallup and his wife Sarah Giddings had the following children:

  1. Sarah Gallup, who married Silas Gallup
  2. Nathan Gallup
  3. Ebenezer Gallup
  4. Mary Gallup, who married Henry Denison
  5. Jacob Gallup, who married Rebecca Morgan
  6. Christopher Gallup, who married Martha Stanton
  7. Gideon Gallup
  8. Lois Gallup, who married Jacob Morgan
  9. Lodowick Gallup, who married 1st Margaret "Peggy" Phelps and 2nd Nancy White

One of the Committee of Safety that advised with Governor Trumbull

He was a patriot and served as a Colonel in the American Revolution in the 8th and 27th Connecticut Regiments. He fought in the Battle of Groton Heights September 6, 1781.


Acquited of charges in Court Martial:

"COURT MARTIAL AN extract from the proceedings of a general Court Martial beginning and held at New London and Groton in the state of Connecticut on the 20th day of August Anno Domini 1 782 by warrant and order of His Excellency the Captain General of the said state of which Brigadier General Roger Newberry was President

In which the following crimes and charges were exhibited at said Court and by them with the proofs asserting the same were duly heard and considered after which the sentences of said Court martial were as follows:

Nathan Gallup Esq Lieutenant Colonel of the 8th regiment came prisoner before the court when the following charge was exhibited against him viz That whereas on the 6th day of September AD 1781 the day on which the garrison and fortress standing in said Groton was attacked and stormed by a detatchment of the British army the inhabitants of said Groton massacred their houses burnt and their property plundered that he then holding and sustaining the aforesaid office and a commission thereto in said regiment was shamefully negligent in his military duty and guilty of acting a cowardly part when called to and in actual service

1 st In not supporting the garrison in said fort with succour which was in his power and by him had been specially engaged to the commandant for his encouragement in defending it and in making no diversion upon the enemy before the storm in favor of the garrison

2dly In suffering the militia to remain strolling and unembodied upon the hills in fair view of the enemy when they were marching up to attack the fort

3dly In not falling upon and attacking the enemy at the favorable moment of their re embarkation which movement of the enemy was said to be well known to him

4thly In not attempting to prevent the burning of houses and other buildings of the inhabitants in Groton done by scattering parties of the enemy

5thly In not preventing the wanton plundering of property belonging to the inhabitants done by the militia and others in the houses which escaped the conflagration and elsewhere in said town after the storm of said garrison and the burning done by the enemy

And 6thly In not preserving the public stores in the fort after the evacuation by the enemy but suffering them to be embezzled and plundered all contrary to the rules and regulations for preserving order and good government among the militia of said state and unbecoming an officer

Sentence The court upon due consideration of the whole matter before them are unanimously of opinion that Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Gallup is not guilty of neglect of duty or of cowardly behaviour as charged against him He therefore by the Court is acquitted with honor

source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...

By William Wallace Harris  p. 113-5
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Lt. Col. Nathan Gallup's Timeline

November 13, 1727
Groton, New London, Connecticut Colony
May 25, 1749
Age 21
Stonington, New London, Connecticut Colony
December 29, 1751
Age 24
Ledyard, New London Co., CT, USA
November 14, 1754
Age 27
Ledyard Center, New London Co., CT, USA
February 8, 1757
Age 29
Ledyard, New London Co., CT, USA
January 31, 1759
Age 31
Ledyard, New London, CT, USA
July 26, 1761
Age 33
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
January 22, 1764
Age 36
Ledyard Center, New London Co., CT, USA
January 23, 1773
Age 45
January 19, 1799
Age 71
Ledyard, New London County, Connecticut, United States