STARK, JOHN
JOHN STARK (1728-1822) American Revolution brigadier general. WASHINGTON’S NH GENERAL When it comes to New Hampshire heroes, they don’t get any bigger than Gen. John Stark. His statue stands before the state capitol and his legend looms large. Tradition says he coined the famous Granite State motto "Live free or die."

New Hampshire's most famous soldier, Gen. John Stark, the hero of Bunker Hill and Bennington, was the right man in the right place at the right time. His early training with his father in heavy farm work and lumbering operations, his later practice in hunting and trapping, his capture by the Indians and his study of their language and customs, all led to his success as a member of Rogers' Rangers in the French and Indian Wars. This in turn fostered the soldierly quality of leadership that he showed so strongly in the Revolution. He developed an ability to foresee what the enemy would do and to forestall him, thus gaining distinction among Revolutionary officers. Stark's life encompassed the whole revolutionary period, and he was instrumental in the cataclysmic events that produced a free and independent nation.

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An Fine John Stark War Date Letter Signed Concerning The Defense Western New York

 STARK, JOHN

JOHN STARK (1728 - 1822).  American Major General during the American Revolution. Stark played a pivotal role in Early American Military history and is well known for coining the phrase “live free or die.” Commonly known as “the hero of Bennington” for his heroic actions in the Battle of Bennington in 1777, Stark also served in action at Bunker Hill, and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Furthermore, Stark commanded the Northern Department, a significant section of the Continental Army, from 1778 to 1781, the position from which he writes this letter. LS. 1 page. Saratoga, Oct. 11, 1781. Their headquarters in Saratoga, Stark and his accompanying forces were in a somewhat hostile environment. Fearing an impending attack from British and Native American forces just days before the British surrender at Yorktown.  Stark writes to General Peter Gansvoorte who commanded the New York Brigade at that time.  : "Dear Sir, The report of the enemy's camp on this side Lake George proved false - for which reason i think it best for you rendezvous your brigade at half moon, from where they can be enabled to move either to the westward or to this place, as shall be the most expedient in case the enemy should advance. I am dear sir your most obt. and loyal servant, John Stark" A fine war date letter with some repair at right margin. Fine.

 

 

 

Catalog: # AM-1822
Topic: American Revolution
Price: $3900.00