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FORSYTH, Benjamin, soldier, born in Stokes County, N. C., died near Oldtown, New York, 28 June 1814. He was a member of the legislature of North Carolina, 1807'8, and was appointed a lieutenant of infantry from North Carolina in April 1808, and became a captain of riflemen in July of that year. He commanded in the successful assault on Gananoque, Upper Canada, in September 1812, and also at the capture of the British guard at Elizabethtown, Canada, in February 1813. For the latter service he was brevetted lieutenant colonel. He also distinguished himself at the capture of Fort George, 27 May 1813, and at the attack on York on 27 April of the same year. He was killed in a battle with a superior force of British and Indians. His only son, James N., after his father's death, was adopted as a child of the state by the legislature of North Carolina, and provision was made for his education at the public expense, He entered the University in 1824, subsequently was appointed a midshipman in the navy, and was on board the sloop " Hornet," which was lost at sea.
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