Summary

John Sullivan was an American Revolutionary War general and led the scorched-earth Sullivan Expedition through Iroquois territory in New York. After the war, Sullivan served in the Continental Congress, in the New Hampshire state assembly, as governor of New Hampshire, and as a federal judge.

Conflict Period:
Revolutionary War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 2
Birth:
17 Feb 1740 1
Somersworth, New Hampshire 1
Death:
23 Jan 1795 3
Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire 4
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Full Name:
John Sullivan 1
Birth:
17 Feb 1740 1
Somersworth, New Hampshire 1
Male 1
Death:
23 Jan 1795 3
Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire 3
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Marriage:
Lydia Remick 3
1760 3
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Revolutionary War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 2
Service Start Date:
1775 2
Service End Date:
1779 2
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Governor of New Hampshire:
First term end: 1788 3
First term start: 1786 3
Second term end: 1790 3
Second term start: 1789 3
Brigadier-general in the Continental Army:
June 1775 4
Major of New Hampshire militia:
1772 4
Major-general in the Continental Army:
August 1776 4
Resigns from the Army:
November 1779 4
Sullivan Expedition:
Elmira, New York 4
Sullivan Expedition:
Summer 1779 5

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The Battle of Trenton

Trenton, New Jersey

John Sullivan led one of two columns troops during the famous Battle of Trenton against the Hessians on 26 December 1776. Surprising the Hessians (who contrary to myth were not drunk), Sullivan’s troops attacked from the west and south, while Nathanael Greene’s troops attacked from the north. Henry Knox led the artillery. Despite lacking their full strength of troops, the Americans won the battle in less than an hour with very few casualties, providing them with a much-needed morale boost.

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