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Captain Carlisle's Rev. War Service
Daniel Carlisle had a colorful life as evidenced from the following taken from "History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire Edited by, D. Hamilton Hurd, J W Lewis & Co., Philadelphia 1886
There was confusion as to which Colony the towns along the Connecticut river, including Westmoreland, belonged to. Massachusetts claimed that these towns were given to New Hampshire and Vermont claimed them by right of the land charter it received from New York. The people of the towns mostly sided with Vermont.
"The New Hampshire government, now actively aroused, was making preparations to send troops into the revolted towns to put down the secession party. Upon the other hand Vermont was equally vigilant. Civil war was imminent. In August 1781, the New Hampshire General Assembly passed an act obliging each town to provide monthly installments of beef and rum for the use of the continental army. Westmoreland, in common with other towns, refused to pay the tax, upon the ground of non recognition of New Hampshire authority. In consequence, a warrant was issued and served upon the town for this tax; the town voted not to pay it, and thereupon was fined, but so great was the feeling against the State that Col. Reuben Alexander, who was ordered to raise the body of his regiment and march them to the execution of the act, was appalled by the clamor of the people to an extent that he feared to comply with his orders, and so reported. One Samuel King, a prominent Chesterfield revolter, having been arrested was followed to Keene by numerous parties, including a party from Westmoreland under Captain Carlisle, who succeeded January 1, 1782 in rescuing the prisoner from the New Hampshire sheriff."
General Washington stepped in and settled the matter by basically blackmailing Vermont into submission with promises of their becoming a Colony. Vermont backed down, but still had to wait to become a Colony.
In Col. Reed's regiment the Eighth Company was commanded by Captain Jacob Hines. Listed as a private of the company was Daniel Carlisle, of Westmoreland. This company served at Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. Somehow, during the battle several members of the company lost a portion of their wardrobe. Records from October 4, 1775 show that Daniel Carlisle acknowledged receipt of Four Dollars "for the regimental Coats which were promised us by the Colony of New Hampshire." pages 490-492
"At an early hour in the morning of of the last day of the year 1775, a small force of American troops, under Arnold and Montgomery, after a march of incredible hardship, weakened by hunger, exposed to all the severities of a Canadian winter, appeared like specters before the strongest fortified city in America. In a driving storm of hail and snow they made the desperate attempt to take Quebec by assault. It was fated with defeat. It proved worse than that. The American forces were obliged to retreat, a scattering remnant.
The news of its defeat, with all its detail of horrors, thrilled the American cause. January 20, 1776, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to raise one regiment of soldiers forthwith. This regiment consisted of eight companies and was placed under the command of Colonel Timothy Bedell to reinforce the Northern Continental army. The second Company of this regiment was commanded by Captain Daniel Carlisle, of Westmoreland.
Captain Daniel Carlisle remained with the northern army until after General Sullivan had assumed its command. Upon a march to the southward, Captain Carlisle was detailed to look up some boats to transport the troops across Lake Champlain. As the enemy had destroyed them all, Carlisle's search was in vain, and he so reported to General Sullivan. He was ordered to make another search, and necessarily with the same result and report. Sullivan flew into a passion, drew his sword and made a movement as if to strike Carlisle down. Carlisle instantly seized a gun from the hands of a soldier standing by his side, instantly leveled it at Sullivan's head, and, with a firm voice, informed Sullivan to lower his sword or die. Sullivan lowered his sword, but Carlisle was cashiered and sent home in disgrace. Nevertheless, Carlisle was a good soldier and a true patriot."
A different account of the incident at Lake Champlain as found in the History of Westmoreland - "Under date of Aug 9, 1776 Capt Carlisle was sent to get troops across Lake Champlain. For want of sufficient boats to transport the men, he was unable to do as ordered, and for this he was unjustly reprimanded by Lt Col Waite. He felt the censure was undeserved and on the moment drew his sword and would have struck Col Waite had not one of his Company stepped out of the ranks and with a sudden blow knocked him down and resumed his place before the Captain recovered himself. Capt Carlisle was cashiered and sent home in disgrace for behavior unbecoming an officer. He was a good citizen, a good soldier, and a true patriot."
He moved to Westmoreland early in the town's settlement. He lived on the farm once owned by Edward Butterfield where in 1801 he kept a public house. (How'd he keep a public house in 1801 if he died in 1794?)