Name

William Douglas

Career

Mariner

Occupation 1

privateer in the Revolution

Identifier

Connecticut

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Born

1742

Died

1807

Source

DAB

Text

... In early manhood Douglas removed to New Haven, from which port he engaged successfully in the West-Indian trade, building up thereby a modest fortune. ...[During the Revolution, with David Wooster�s regiment] he took part in Gen. Richard Montgomery�s advance along Lake Champlain. Because of his nautical experience, Montgomery assigned Douglas to boat service on the lake. He returned to Connecticut in the early winter with his regiment which did not accompany Montgomery down the St. Lawrence to Quebec. During the first three months of 1776 he served as major in a volunteer regiment commanded by Andrew Ward which assisted in preparing the defenses of New York and Brooklyn. At this time the Continental Congress appointed him commodore of the vessels on Lake Champlain in view of his excellent service during the previous year. Douglas declined this command, however...
[rest is soldier stuff, not on water]

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