Friday, April 23, 2010

General Moses Porter-Light Artillery.

General Moses Porter.

Birth: Mar. 20, 1756, Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts..
Death: Apr. 14, 1822, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Father: Benjamin Porter.
Mother: Sarah ( Brown ) Porter.
Married 1755.

Moses Porter, was commission Colonel on March 12, 1812, then commission Brig General Brevet Sept. 10, 1813. He Served with General Gridley's Artillery during the Revolution. Fought at Bunker Hill and Brandywine. He was wounded at Trenton. Also served in the War of 1812 in defense of the port of Norfolk. Son of Benjamin and Sarah Brown Porter.

Moses Porter be appointed second lieutenants in Colonel Crane's regiment of artillery, his commissions to bear date April 21, 1779, He was commission on Sept. 29, 1789, as a Lieutenant, and from 1789-1792, he was a Lieutenant in the Light Artillery. Between 1792, and 1800, was commission Captain, then in 1800, became Major. On the promotion list of 1802 it states; Moose Porter Major First regiment, A. & E. In 1812, was commission Colonel. Then was commission General Brevet Sept. 10, 1813.

Congress 1817, a petition of Moses Porter, a brigadier general by brevet, in the army of the United States, and an officer in the revolutionary war, praying for the renewal of a land warrant, granted him, in consideration of his services in the latter capacity.

CHAP. LV.—An Act for the relief of General Moses Porter.

Be it enacted, &c., That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby authorized to grant to Moses Porter, a warrant for the quantity of two hundred acres of land, for his services as a lieutenant in Crane’s, or the Massachusetts regiment, in the revolutionary war, which warrant is in lieu of one heretofore granted for said services, and which has been lost or destroyed; which warrant may be located on any lands appropriated satisfying the warrants granted for military services performed in the revolutionary war.
APPROVED, April 13, 1818.

From his biography.

“General Moses Porter, was one of the bravest and best of the offices in the revolutionary army; distinguished himself at Bunker Hill; was under Washington through the war; wounded after the battle of Brandywine, in the fight on the banks of the Delaware; was in the service many years on the western frontier, and superintended the line of surveys for fortifications along the coasts of Maine and Mass. He was actively engaged in the War of 1812, at various places, being at the taking of Fort George, and commanding at Niagara, where he held the rank of brigadier general. In winter of 1813, he accomplished a march fro Niagara to New Orleans, in five months, through a trackless wilderness, and accompanied Wilkinson’s expedition against Montreal, in 1814, and was stationed at Norfolk, until the close of the war; all his life in the service of country; longer than any officer of his grade, and won the confidence the admiration of all as an able, courageous soldier, and a high disciplinarian.”

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