1/ Gen. John Stark, Battle of Bennington (August 16, 1777). Stark was appointed the Commander of the N. Continental Army three times by war's end. Called “a true Cincinnatus”, he was one of the few Revolutionary War Generals who returned to private life, shunning politics. Image
2/ Born in New Hampshire in 1728, Stark was Captured by Indians at the age of 24 and forced to “run a gauntlet” through rows of warriors armed with sticks. Stark grabbed the stick from the first warrior's hands and proceeded to attack him, taking the rest of the warriors by Image
3/ surprise. The chief was so impressed by this heroic act that Stark was adopted into the tribe, where he spent the winter.

He served as a Lieutenant in the famed Roger’s Rangers during the French and Indian War and retired as a Captain. Image
4/ When the Revolution started, he commissioned as a Colonel in the NH Militia and led his men as they distinguished themselves during the Battle of Bunker Hill.

His victory at Bennington (crushing the Hessian force) would be instrumental for victory at Saratoga soon after. ImageImage
5/ In 1809 a group of Bennington Veterans decided to commemorate the Battle. At the age of 81, General Stark was not able to travel to the event, instead sending a letter. He closed the letter,

“Live Free Or Die: Death Is Not The Worst Of Evils.” Image
". . . My men, yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and ten pence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. To-night the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!"

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