Colonel William Prescott

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William Prescott

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Birthplace: Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Prescott and Abigail Prescott
Husband of Abigail Prescott
Father of William Prescott, Jr.
Brother of Abigail Prescott; Col. James Prescott; Elizabeth Prescott; Lucy Prescott; Dr. Oliver Prescott and 1 other

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About Colonel William Prescott

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Prescott

William Prescott (February 20, 1726 – 1795) was an American colonel in the Revolutionary War who commanded the rebel forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott became widely attributed for the famous quote, "Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes," an important instruction to his soldiers in order to conserve ammunition.

Prescott was born at Groton, Massachusetts to Benjamin Prescott (1696-1738) and Abigail Oliver Prescott (1697-1765). He married Abigail Hale (1733-1821) on April 13, 1758, and they had one son, also named William, in 1762. Prescott owned a house in Pepperell, Massachusetts, on Prescott Street. The house is now owned by William Graves. Prescott served in the French and Indian War.

When the American Revolutionary War began, Prescott was a colonel of the local militia at the siege of Boston, and commanded the forward American position at the Battle of Bunker Hill. After the battle, his militia unit was adopted into the newly created Continental Army, and he was commissioned the colonel of what became the 7th Continental Regiment. The regiment was active in the battles for New York City in 1776 and the Saratoga Campaign of 1777. He is depicted in the painting of the Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga by John Trumbull,[1][2] which hangs in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Prescott retired from the army in 1777.

His grandson William H. Prescott was a noted historian and author. His younger brother Oliver Prescott also served during the war as a militia general, and the cousin of Rebecca Minot Prescott; who married American founding father Roger Sherman.

The former town of Prescott, Massachusetts, was named in his honor. The town was disincorporated in 1938 as part of the building of the Quabbin Reservoir, and the land now makes up Prescott Peninsula, which divides the main branches of the reservoir.

Prescott's likeness was made into a statue for a memorial for the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Prescott's house is located in East Pepperell, Massachusetts.

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Colonel William Prescott's Timeline

1726
February 20, 1726
Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1758
April 13, 1758
Age 32
Sutton, Worcester, mass, United States
1762
August 19, 1762
Age 36
Pepperell, middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1790
1790
Age 63
Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1790
Age 63
Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1795
October 13, 1795
Age 69
Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
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