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    [Revolutionary War]. Colonel Seth Warner Autograph Military Documents (2) Signed, with other documents related to the death of soldier Calvin Hinds of Vermont, who was taken prisoner by the British during a raid at Fort George, New York, on October 11, 1780. Hinds was then taken to Canada as a POW. In January 1783, one month after his release, he died. All of these documents (four leaves total) are age toned with minor soiling and foxing.

    Colonel Warner, a battle-hardened Revolutionary War hero from Vermont, has signed both sides of one leaf. One side (from Bennington [Vermont], April [?], 1783) certifies that "Calvin Hind served in my Regiment as a corple and Recived no pay being tak prisnor at the surender of fort Gorg [George] then there. We therfore Desire the Honnable pay table to pay his wages to his Honred father Capt. Jacob Hind. [Signed] Seth Warner, Col."

    The verso reads as written, "To the Honnorable Commity of pay table the state of Connecticut Gentelman these may sertify[?] that Calvin Hinds Ingaged in my Regment of Contenitlle [Continental] troops Augst the 28 1780 was taking prisner October the 11 was cared [carried] in to Canaday Returned hom the fore part of September 1782 and Died Jenerey [January] the 13 1783 he was Returned to the State of Conetcut and town and county of Windham. [Signed] Mr. Seth Warner Colo."

    Also included is a one page document (from "Arlington," April 4, 1783) certifying that Calvin Hinds "a minor/deceased was son to Mr. Jacob Hinds and served as a soldier Colo. Seth Warners Regt. from the 22d of Augt. 1780 to the 11th of October following when he was taken Prisoner and held in Captivity till some time in the year 1782 when he Returned home." This portion of the document is signed by Select Men Zadok Hand, Caleb Boton, and Nathan Canfield. Below that, Jacob Hinds (the father of the deceased soldier) and Eleazer Wales have signed a letter ("Pay Table Office, April 5th 1783") asking that the bearer be paid "the Balance due to my Son Calvin Hinds for his Service as above setforth."

    Included is a partly-printed pay order (Hartford, May 28, 1783) for "Twenty four pounds being the balance due to Calvin Hinds Decd.," signed by Jacob Hinds. Another partly-printed pay order for Hinds (same date) is also included in the amount of "Five pounds."

    These fascinating documents are the paper trail left behind from a grieving father trying to collect the pay owed his son by the Continental Army following his death in the service of the new nation. Seth Warner, a former Green Mountain Boy, and his men were very active during the Revolutionary War, participating in such battles as the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Bennington.


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