John Lamb


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(1735–1800) Revolutionary War officer, born in New York City. Lamb participated in the Canadian invasion of 1775 and the defense of an army depot in Connecticut; served as commander of artillery at West Point (1779–80) and as surveyor of ordnance (1779–80); and commanded the heaviest bombardment at the siege of Yorktown (1781). He was an early leader in the New York Sons of Liberty and led mobs that unloaded provisions destined for the British troops in Boston, closed New York Harbor, and seized weapons and other military stores.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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