Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ebenezer Stevens

Ebenezer Stevens was a Major General in the United States Army. He was born on 11 Aug 1751 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of Ebenezer Stevens and Elizabeth Weld. His first wife was Rebecca Hodgden - they married in Providence, Rhode Island on October 11, 1774. He married secondly on 4 May 1784 in New York City to Lucretia Ledyard (22 Feb 1756 - 2 Jul 1846). He died in 1823 in Rockaway, New York. He is also the Great-Great Grandfather of Eugenie Mary Ladenburg Davie.

Ebenezer Stevens was a participant on what became known as the Boston Tea Party. A member of the Sons of Liberty, he began his career in Paddock's Artillery Company along the likes of Paul Revere and Thomas Crafts. Together with other members of the company, and under the leadership of Jabez Hatch, he participated in the Boston Tea Party. His later recollections to his family debunked the myth that the participants had dressed up as Native Americans.

Not long after the Boston Tea Party he moved to Rhode Island and there, upon receiving news of the Battle of Lexington, volunteered for the Continental Army. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Artillery in 1775, and fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill under Major General Nathanael Greene.. Ebenezer was selected by George Washington to raise battalions against Quebec, Canada. Ebenezer was present at the surrender of the British General Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York, on October 17, 1777. He served under the French general the Marquis de Lafayette in Virginia with distinction, rising to the rank of Colonel. He was later transferred to the New York artillery and in 1781 was one of the commanders at the siege of Yorktown..

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