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Military of Southampton, Suffolk County, New York 1776


 

During the Revolutionary war the people of Suffolk County were exposed to peculiar hardships. So remote from the field of operations, it was a region strategically not worth defending, but by its wealth of forage and stock well worth the attention of the enemy while in occupation of New York. Until recently it has not been known how extensively the inhabitants participated in the actual struggle in the field, nor has another element in the history of the Island during this period been estimated at its due importance in influencing the condition of the people. This was the oath of allegiance to the British crown exacted by Governor Tryon of the islanders.

In this battle were engaged, besides the two Long Island Regiments before mentioned, two other bodies of troops, as follows:

A Regiment of Minute Men Officers First Southampton Company, February 23, 1776
Colonel, Josiah Smith, of Moriches
Lieutenant Colonel, John Hulbert, of East Hampton
1st Major, Isaac Reeve, of Southold
2nd Major, Jonathan Baker, of East Hampton
Adjutant, Ephraim Marvin
Quarter Master, Ebenezer Dayton, of East Hampton
Colonel, Josiah Smith, of Moriches
Lieutenant Colonel, John Hulbert, of East Hampton
1st Major, Isaac Reeve, of Southold
2nd Major, Jonathan Baker, of East Hampton
Adjutant, Ephraim Marvin
Quarter Master, Ebenezer Dayton, of East Hampton

First Southampton Company, February 23, 1776

Captain, Zephaniah Rogers
1st Lieutenant, Nathaniel Howell, Jr.
2nd Lieutenant, Matthew Sayre

Second Southampton Company, February 23, 1776 First Southold Company, May 3, 1776
Captain, David Pierson
1st Lieutenant, John Foster, Jr.
2nd Lieutenant, Abraham Rose
Ensign, Edward Topping
Captain, John Bayley
1st Lieutenant, Joshua Youngs
2nd Lieutenant, John Tuthill
Ensign, James Reeves

Second Southold Company,  May 3, 1776

Captain, Paul Reeves
1st Lieutenant, John Corwin
2nd Lieutenant, David Horton
Ensign, Nathaniel Hodson

Brookhaven, Smithtown, Manor of St. George and Moriches Company,

April 4, 1776 May 30, 1776
Captain, Selah Strong
1st Lieutenant, William Clark
2nd Lieutenant, CalebBrewster
Ensign, Nath'l Brewster
Isaac Overton, 2nd Major
vice Baker,
Captain, Nathaniel Piatt
vice Selah Strong

The second military organization was an Artillery Company attached to Col. Smith's Minute Regiment, the officers of which were as follows:

Captain, William Rogers, of B. H.
Captain Lieutenant, John Franks
1st Lieutenant, Jeremiah Rogers
2nd Lieutenant Thomas Baker, of E. H.
Lt. Fireworker, John Tuthill

I suppose this to be the list of the commissioned officers of the Second Regiment whose staff officers were before mentioned, but of the regiment as reconstructed after the battle of Long Island. The list is as follows:

First Company Second Company Third Company
Captain, David Howell
1st Lieutenant, Jeremiah Post
2nd Lieutenant, Paul Jones
Ensign, Zephaniah Rogers
Captain, John Dayton
1st Lieutenant, Isaac Mulford Huntting
2nd Lieutenant, John, Miller, Jr.
Ensign, William Hedges
Captain, David Pierson
1st Lieutenant, Daniel Hedges
2nd Lieutenant, David Sayre
Ensign, Theophilus Pierson

Fourth Company Fifth Company Sixth Company
Captain, David Fithian
1st Lieutenant, Samuel Conkling
3rd Lieutenant, Thomas Baker
Ensign, Daniel Conkling
Captain, Stephen Howell
1st Lieutenant, John White, Jr.
2nd Lieutenant, Lemuel Wick
Ensign, Isaac Halsey
Captain, William Rogers
1st Lieutenant, Jesse Halsey
2nd Lieutenant, Henry Halsey
Ensign, Nathaniel Rogers

Seventh Company Eighth Company Ninth Company
Captain, Josiah Howell
1st Lieutenant, Nathaniel Howell
2nd Lieutenant, Matthew Howell
Ensign, William Stephens
Captain, Samuel L'Hommedieu
1st Lieutenant, Silas Jessup
2nd Lieutenant, Edward Conkling
Ensign, Daniel Fordham
Captain, John Sandford
1st Lieutenant, Edward Topping
2nd Lieutenant, Philip Howell
Ensign, John Hildreth

The officers above named of the "battalion" were commissioned September 13, 1775, and were composed of some of those of Colonel Smith's Minute Regiment which was disbanded as a regiment after the battle of Long Island, as it is reported, by the orders of Washington, in order that such as was needed to protect their homes should return, and others as preferred could enlist under a new organization.

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Source: Early History of Southampton, Long Island, New York, by George Rogers Howell, Second Edition, 1887.

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