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David Wooster

(1711—1777)


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(1711–1777) colonial and Revolutionary War army officer. Born in Stratford, Connecticut, David Wooster graduated from Yale in 1738. He served as a captain of militia at the capture of Louisbourg in 1745, and afterwards was commissioned as a captain in a regiment of regulars. During the French and Indian War (1754–63) he commanded the 3rd Connecticut Regiment of militia, earning a promotion to brigadier general in 1763. He began the Revolutionary War as major general of Connecticut militia, and was soon appointed a brigadier general in the Continental army. He took part in Gen. Richard Montgomery's invasion of Canada, and succeeded to command of the force when Montgomery died in the failed assault on Quebec. He did not impress Congress with his performance, and was sent back to lead Connecticut militia in late 1776. When a large British raiding party attacked a Continental supply depot in Danbury in April the next year, Wooster assembled a small force of militiamen to harass the invaders as they returned to their ships. He was mortally wounded attacking the raiders, and died in Danbury.

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

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