John Stark

(1728—1822) revolutionary army officer in America

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(1728–1822) Revolutionary War army officer, born in New Hampshire. Stark served in the French and Indian War (1754–63), using guerrilla tactics against France's Indian allies. After the fighting at Concord in 1775, Stark became colonel of a New Hampshire regiment that fought at Bunker Hill and, as a colonel, at New York (1776). Stark led Gen. George Washington's advance force at Trenton (1776) and fought at Princeton (1777). Angry at not receiving a promotion, he resigned his commission but formed a brigade to defend the supply depot at Bennington, Vermont, where he won a major victory that indirectly helped the Continentals defeat the British at Saratoga two months later. In 1780 he served on the board that presided at the trial for treason of John André.

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

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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