Nathaniel Woodhull


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(1722–1776) Revolutionary army officer. Born in Suffolk County, New York, Nathaniel Woodhull served in the New York militia during the French and Indian War (1754–63). He commanded the Third New York Provincial Regiment in campaigns to capture Fort Frontenac and Montreal. In August 1776, the New York convention ordered him to lead the Long Island militia in driving livestock away from the invading British army. He was wounded and captured by some roving Light Dragoons. Though his gangrenous arm was amputated, he died in a hospital at New Utrecht on 20 September. In 1821 a patriotic ballad appeared that claimed Woodhull had been purposefully wounded after capture in retaliation for his refusal to say “God save the king.” There is no good evidence to support this claim, but the historical dispute generated by the ballad has perpetuated Woodhull's memory.

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

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