A List of the Field Officers, Captains and part of the Lieutenants of the Regiment of Green Mountain Boys, con- sisting of seven companies.July 4, 1775
Colonel Allen's royal list of loyal Officers.
Ethan Allen, Field Officer
Seth Warner, Field Officer
Levi Allen, Adjutant
Elijah Babcock, Comissay
Jonas Fay, Doctor & Surgeon
Ordered that in consequence of a recommendation from the Continental Congress a Body of Troops not exceeding five hundred men, officers included, be forthwith raised of those called Green Mountain Boys, that they elect all their own officers except Field Officers. That Major General Schuyler be requested to forward this order to them & receive from them a list of such officers as they shall elect to be communicated to this Congress and that General Schuyler be further requested, without de-lay to procure the sense of thos troops concerning the persons who will be most agreeable to them for Field Officers, and to make other inquiry & upon the whole advise this Congress, what persons will be most proper to be appointed as Field Officers to lead to Command these troops. That the said troops, when raised, be considered as an Independent Body, their Field Officers taking rank after the Field Officers of the other Troops to be raised by this Colony for the Continental Service. That their Corps of Officers consist of one Lieutenant Colonel, one Major, seven Captains and fourteen lieuten-ants and that the General be furnished with Blank Warr-ants to be filled up by him, agreeable to such election as above mentioned. Die Martis, 9 ho. A.M. 15th Augt. 1775.
A letter from General Schuyler of the 31st of July last was read and filed and is in the words following:
"Ticonderoga, July 31, 1775
I do myself the honor to enclose you a copy of a letter and paper I have received from the people called Green Mountain Boys, together with a copy of my letter in answer. I am apprehensive that the controversy, that has arisen amongst them, relative to Field Officers, will cause delay in the levies.
Whilst at New York and even after my arrival here, on convening with Allen and Warner, I did not conceive there would have been any contest between them, or that a third person would have been recommended by the People as a Field Officer; on that supposition and believing the people unanimous in their favor I should not have hesi-tated to have recommended them."
The several papers referred to in the proceeding letter from General Schuyler were respectively read and filed and are in the words following:"May it please your Honour.
In compliance with the Orders of Congress as well as your recommendation, I enclose the proceedings of our Committee on the New Hampshire Grants, upon due notice to the Towns in General - all which is humbly submitted to your wisdom, not doubting but the warrants will issue agreeable to our wishes. We are, etc etc
Nathan Clark, Chairman
Dorset, July 28th 1775
To the Hon'ble Gen'l Schuyler."
At a Meeting of the Committees of the several Townships on the New Hampshire Grants. West of the Range of Green Mountains, convened at the house of Mr. Cephas Kents in the Township of Dorset, July 27th, 1775 - Voted as follows, to wit:
Chose Mr. Nathan Clark, Chairman
Chose John Fasset, Clerk
The motion being made and seconded
Whether this Convention shall prose-
cute in choosing Field and other Offi-
cers, according to the Provincial Con-
gress and your Honour's directions.
Passed in the affirmative: Then proceeded as follows:
4th Chose Mr. Seth Warner Lieutenant Colonel,
for the Regiment of Green Mountain
Boys, by a majority of forty-one to
5th Chose Mr. Samuel Spafford Major for
said Regiment by a majority of twenty
Then proceeded and chose seven Captains and fourteen Lieutenants by a great majority, viz:Captains
Nathan Clark, Chairman
Hd Qtrs Ticonderoga July 31, 1775
Sir: Your letter dated July 28th has been delivered me by Captain Fitch, together with all the votes, that were enclosed.
The choice of the Captains and Lieutenants being left unconditional to the people, those chosen will receive their Warrants as soon as they come to my hands. And that the levying of the men may not be retarded, you will signify to them that I hereby empower them immediat- ly to proceed to that business without waiting for the Warrants.
The votes I shall immediately transmit to Congress, that they may approve of the Field Officers or appoint others out of your Body as they may think proper. I am, Sir, etc etc Ph. Schuyler"To Mr. Nathan Clark
Ordered, that Blank Warrants be sent to General Schuyler for the seven Captains & fourteen Lieutenants of the Troops to be raised by this Colony from among those called Green Mountain Boys, when such a number are raised as (in his opinion) shall make it necessary.
Resolved, that when the Green Mountain Boys are raised each of them shall be furnished with a Coat and that Mr. Peter T. Curtenius be requested to purchase coarse green Cloth for that purpose and red Cloth suffi- cient to face those Coats and to have two hundred and twenty-five coats of a large size made of the said Cloth.
p. 816, 817 deal with letters concerning the Green Mountain Boys but not Rosters.p.827
"A return of Captain John Grant's Company in Colonel Warner's Regiment in the Servis of the United Colonies. March 31, 1776 Before Quebec
This lists only the number of Commissioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officer but no names.
p.829 to p. 830 Gives the Roster of the Vermont Militiap.831
The information following is stamped "New Hampshire State Library 993.344 V527
The Line - Additonal Corps Green Mountain Boys These muster-rolls are recorded as "Major Brown's De- tachment," and that detachment is mentioned as in "Gen- eral Arnold's Regiment." (The only mention of General Arnold found in our records.) The fact that the "Green Mountain Boys" were at Quebec in 1776; that two of the officers on these rolls - Captain and Commissary Elijah Babcock, and Capt. Robert Cochran are identified in name and rank with those on a list handed to the Provincial Congress of New York by Ethan Allen and Seth Warner, on July 4, 1775, as officers of the Green Mount- ain Boys; and the further fact that none of the men are recorded in any other place, or with any other organi- zation, all confirm the belief that the soldiers on its rolls herewith were a part of that historic band.Colonel Ethan Allen
Colonel Seth Warner
Major John Brown
Adjutant William Satterlee
Quartermaster Jonathan Capron
Quartermaster Samuel McClund
Capt. and Com. Elijah Babcock
Capt. Gideon Brownson
Capt. Charles Nelson
Lieut. Palmerly Allen
Lieut. Michael Dunning
Lieut. James Gould
Lietu. Ebenezer Hyde
Lieut. William Lighthall
Lieut. David Pixley
Lieut. Walter Swite
Lieut. Elishama Tozer
Lieut. Ebenezer Walbridge
Lieut. Seth Wheeler
Ensign Benoni Grant
Ensign William Lighthall
The State of Vermont
Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War
1775 to 1783
Published by Authority of the Legislature
Compiled and Edited by John E. Goodrich
A Member of the Vermont Historical Society
The Tuttle Company
Enlisted MenFrom "New York in the Revolution" pp.61, 62
Smith, Benjamin Young
Van De Bogart, Charles
Van Gelder, John
Van Gelder, Jonathan
Van Vorst, Jelles D.
Van Wagenen, Evert
Note: Rosters of 300 to 500 men who were reportedly Green Mountains Boys to my knowledge hasnt been published. Obviously there were many more than those listed above.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
|Ho--all to the borders! Vermonters come down, |
With your breeches of deer skin, and jackets of brown;
With your red woolen caps, and your moccasins, come
To the gathering summons of trumpet and drum!
Come down with your rifles! let gray wolves and fox
Howl on in the shade of their primitive rocks;
Let the bear feed securely from pig-pen and stall;
Here's a two legged game for your powder and ball!
On our south come the Dutchman, enveloped in grease;
And, arming for battle, while canting of peace;
On our east, crafty Meshech has gathered his band,
To hang up our leaders, and eat out our land.
Ho-all to the rescue! For Satan shall work
No gain for his legions of Hampshire and York!
They claim our possessions - the pitiful knaves-
The tribute we pay, shall be prisons and graves!
Let Clinton and Ten Broek, with bribes in their hands,
Still seek to divide us, and parcel our lands;-
We've coats for our traitors, whoever they are;
The wrap is of feather-the filling of tar!
Does the "Old Bay State" threaten? Does Congress complain?
Swarms Hampshire in arms on our borders again?
Bark the war-dogs of Britain aloud on the lake?
Let 'em come! what they can they are welcome to take.
Yet we owe no allegiance; we bow to no throne;
Our ruler is law, and the law is our own;
Our leaders themselves are our own fellowmen,
Who can handle the sword, or the scythe, or the pen.
Our wives are all true, and our daughters are fair,
With their blue eyes of smiles, and their light flowing hair;
All brisk at their wheels till the dark evening -fall,
Then blithe at the sleigh ride, the husking and the ball!
We've sheep on the hill-sides: we've cows on the plain;
And gay-tassled cornfields, and rank-growing grain;
There are deer on the mountains; and wood-pidgeons fly
from the cracks of our muskets, like clouds in the sky.
And there's fish in our streamlets and rivers, which take
their course from the hills to our broad-bosomed lake;
Through rock-arched Winooski the salmon leaps free,
And the portly shad follows all fresh from the sea.
Like a sunbeam the pickerel glides through his pool
and the spotted trout sleeps where the waters cool,
or darts from his shelter of rock and of root
At the beaver's quick plunge, or the angler's pursuit.
And ours are the mountains, which loftly rise
Till they rest their green heads on the blue of the skies;
And ours are the forest, unwasted, unshorn,
Save where the wild path of the tempest is torn.
And though savage and wild be this climate of ours;
And brief be our season of fruits and of flowers,
Far dearer the blast round our mountains which raves,
Than the sweet summer zephyr, which breathes over slaves.
Hurrah for VERMONT! for the land which we till
Must have sons to defend her from valley and hill;
Leave the harvest to rot on the field where it grows,
And the reaping of wheat for the reaping of foes.
Far from Michiscoui's valley, to where
Poosoomsuck steals down from his wood-circled lair,
From Shocticook river and Lutterlock town,
Ho--all to the rescue! Vermonters, come down!
Come York or come Hampshire-- come traitors and knaves;
If ye rule o'er our land, ye shall rule o'er our graves;
Our vow is recorded--our banner unfurled;
In the name of VERMONT we defy all the World!
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