1798 Dated Heroic Colonel "John Chester" Signed Letter Distinguished at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775
JOHN CHESTER (1749-1809). American Revolutionary War Hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill, as shown in the famous John Trumbull painting holding and defending the mortally wounded General Joseph Warren, Crossed the Delaware with General George Washington, from Connecticut.
June 2, 1798-Dated Federal Period, Autograph Letter Signed, "John Chester", as Supervisor of the Revenue, Connecticut . This Letter measures about 7.25" x 6.25" written in quill pen on handmade laid period paper. The paper is well-preserved with some slight even age tone. Well written to "Collector White," this letter requests "that you would cause the within public notice to be inserted in the New Haven Gazzette, as soon as possible, and that it may appear therein for four weeks." Boldly signed, "John Chester, Supervisor of the Revenue." Docket appears on the reverse. This is a brief but valuable historical document from Revolutionary War-era Connecticut.
COLONEL JOHN CHESTER, Revolutionary War hero (1749-1809) from Weathersfield, Connecticut achieved distinction for his actions during the Revolutionary War. He graduated from Yale in 1767. In 1771 he was a lieutenant in the local militia.
When the battle of Lexington and Concord took place on April 19,1775, he marched there leading a picked body of about 100 men which ranked as the most select body in the provincial army. They again distinguished themselves at the Battle of Bunker Hill June 17, 1775 where John Chester was wounded.
They took great pride in their uniforms wholly blue turned up in red.
He was commissioned Colonel in June of 1776. John Chester fought at the battle of White Plains, NY, where again he was wounded, and also was at the battle of Trenton with George Washington in December 1776 (crossing of the Delaware River). He left the army in 1777 and was speaker of the Connecticut Legislature. He was the Supervisor of the Revenue (whiskey "sin" tax) from 1791 appointed by Washington until President Jefferson came into office in 1801.