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Wadsworth's Brigade

 

By 1776 the movement toward independence of the American colonies from Britain was gathering momentum. General Washington then called for reinforcements and the Connecticut Assembly responded by ordering the enlistment of seven battalions commanded by Brigadier General James Wadsworth. The Third Battalion of Wadsworth's Brigade was commanded by Colonel Comfort Sage and consisted of eight companies. The Fourth Company consisted of volunteers from the Bolton-Tolland area and was commanded by Captain Jonathan Birge. 

 

Colonel Douglas commanded a brigade at Kip's bay on the East River at the time of the enemy's attack, September 15th. He also participated with his regiment in the battle of White Plains, October 28th 1776.