Original Hand Written Note Signed by Samuel Blatchley Webb, American Revolutionary War General wounded at Bunker Hill George & Washington’s aide-de-camp
Signed Note by Samuel Webb (1753 – 1807), a Revolutionary War General wounded at Bunker Hill | ANS (Autograph Note Signed) of Samuel Blatchley Webb | Cream paper with dark and fluid script, measuring 8.25″ x 5″, signed by Revolutionary war officer and Washington aide-de-camp Samuel Blatchley Webb.
Signed Note by Samuel Webb (1753 – 1807), a Revolutionary War General wounded at Bunker Hill | ANS (Autograph Note Signed) of Samuel Blatchley Webb | Cream paper with dark and fluid script, measuring 8.25″ x 5″, signed by Revolutionary war officer and Washington aide-de-camp Samuel Blatchley Webb. The note is a request that Richard Bacon pay Stephan Dormant for his wartime service; Dormant’s signature appears right center. The addressee, “To the Committee Pay Table Hartford” is inscribed “Signed in my presence, S.B. Webb” at bottom left. In very fine condition with expected light creases.
Samuel Blatchley Webb (1753-1807) was the stepson of Silas Deane. “Sammy” served as his stepfather’s private secretary in Philadelphia, where the latter attended the Continental Congress. (Both men’s ancestral homes can still be visited in Wethersfield, CT today http://webb-deane-stevens.org ). Webb joined the Wethersfield, CT militia and later became a first lieutenant in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment following the Battle of Lexington. During the remainder of the Revolutionary War, Webb shuttled between roles of active combat and administrative support. He was wounded in the head at the Battle of Bunker Hill in mid-June 1775, but with Deane’s assistance then transferred to the general staff of Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790). Roughly one year later, Webb became private secretary to General George Washington (1732-1799). Webb was back on the battlefield by the summer of 1776, participating in the Battles of Long Island, White Plains, Trenton, and Princeton, where he was wounded on two other occasions.
During the time frame discussed in this document, Webb was a British prisoner of war and so too was his subordinate Stephen Dormant. The years mentioned, 1780 and 1781, were actually towards the end of the Connecticut Line’s captivity; the regiment was held in British custody between December 1777 and January 1781. A mere two months after Samuel Blatchley Webb signed this document, his regiment, then reconfigured as the Third Connecticut, would be disbanded.
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