1782 General Ebenezer Huntington Signed Document an Original Member of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783
EBENEZER HUNTINGTON (1754-1834). Revolutionary War Major General, U.S Representative from Connecticut who is depicted as one of the officers of General Washington's Army in John Trumbull's painting of the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis; promoted to Brigade Major under General Parsons; an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
October 18, 1782-Dated Revolutionary War Date, Manuscript Document Signed, “Eben Huntington”, 1 page, measuring 8” x 1.5”, with War content, Choice Very Fine. Document reads, in part: “This may Certify that David Lindzy served in Col. Sam B. Webb’s Regt. the year of 1780”. The 9th Connecticut Regiment was a regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. It was first called Webb's Additional Continental Regiment (after its colonel, Samuel Blachley Webb) before being added to the Connecticut Line in 1780. It saw action at Setauket in 1777, Rhode Island in 1778, and Springfield, New Jersey, in 1780, and was generally active in the defense of Connecticut, southern New York, and northern New Jersey. It was merged into the reorganized 2nd Connecticut Regiment in January 1781.
After leaving Yale, Ebenezer arrived in Boston, where he received an appointment as a first lieutenant in Captain Chester's Company of General Joseph's 2nd Connecticut Regiment. He participated in the Siege of Boston until its close, when he marched with General Washington to New York. In June 1776, he was promoted to captain and fought in the Battle of Long Island under Colonel Samuel Wyllys. By the end of the battle, he was promoted to brigade major under General Parsons.
On October 26, 1776, he was temporarily promoted to Deputy Adjutant General under Major General Heath in defense of the Highlands and also served as Deputy Paymaster. He was promoted to major in 1777 in General Israel Putnam's command. The unit suffered significant casualties in Long Island. During the summer of 1778, he participated in the Battle of Rhode Island, where he took command of the regiment. Under his command, the unit fought in the Battle of Springfield in 1780 in New Jersey.
Now a lieutenant colonel, he was given command of a light infantry regiment and marched with Washington to Yorktown, where he witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis. He is represented in the painting by John Trumbull as one of the American officers. He remained on duty with his troops until the unit was disbanded in May 1783. He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Ebenezer Huntington retired from the Army to pursue a career in merchandise. But in 1792, he was appointed a general by the Governor of Connecticut, Samuel Huntington, to be the Adjutant General after Congress passed an act in 1792 authorizing the states to maintain a militia. He held the position for the next 30 years under seven different governors.
On July 19, 1798 he was commissioned a brigadier general in the United States Army when it was expanded during the Quasi War with France. He was discharged on June 15, 1800 when the Army was reduced at the end of hostilities.
Concurrently, while serving as the state's Adjutant General, Ebenezer twice served as a member of the United States House of Representatives in Connecticut's At-large congressional district. His first tenure was for less than five months, when he filled the vacancy created when Samuel W. Dana was appointed to the United States Senate to complete the term of James Hillhouse who had resigned. He would serve again as the at-large congressman five years later, when he was elected as a Federalist in November 1816, beginning his term on March 4, 1817. He would only serve one term.
The 9th Connecticut Regiment regiment first saw action at the Battle of Setauket in August 1777 under Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons.
It was then sent to the Hudson River Valley, where it served under General George Clinton in the aftermath of the October Battle of Forts Clinton and Montgomery. In December 1777 the regiment was involved in a failed expedition to Long Island (a more elaborate attempt on Setauket than that of the previous August) in which Colonel Webb was captured. The regiment spent the winter of 1777-78 at West Point, where it assisted in the construction of fortifications (including the Webb redoubt, probably named for the colonel).
In 1778 the regiment was attached to the brigade of General James Varnum. As part of a combined Franco-American attempt to retake British-occupied Newport, Rhode Island, the brigade marched to Rhode Island, where it was involved in the August 29 Battle of Rhode Island. The battle was tactically indecisive, but the regiment was noted for its performance. The regiment wintered in Rhode Island.
The regiment spent most of 1779 in Rhode Island, but was sent to winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey.
In the spring of 1780, the remnants of Sherburne's Additional Continental Regiment were merged into the unit, and it was formally added to the Connecticut Line as the 9th Connecticut Regiment. That June, the regiment was involved in the Battle of Springfield, in which a British attempt to penetrated from New York City to the Continental Army camp at Morristown was repulsed. Its winter quarters for 1780-81 were in the Hudson valley