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Defender of Fort Griswold - September 6, 1781. Escaped.
"John Prentis who lived on what is now known as Truman Street left his children on the morning of September 6 1781 giving his eldest daughter orders to take the children to his brother's in Chesterfield He joined Captain Shapley at Fort Trumbull went with him to Fort Griswold was slightly wounded and finding no quarter was being given he feigned dead His hat was cut through in several places and his silver shoe and knee buckles were taken After the British left he crawled from the place where he had lain among the dead and gave water to the dying ones When he returned to New London next day he found his house as he left it except a bullet hole through the front door He died in Richmond Va 1801"
source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris p 226.