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BEEBE, Bezaleel, soldier, born in Litchfield, Connecticut, 28 April 1741" died there, 29 May 1824:. In 1758, having joined the army, he was stationed for some time at Fort St. George. Afterward, as one of Rogers's celebrated rangers, he was engaged in the bloody fight where Putnam was captured, and he was also at the capture of Montreal in 1760. At the close of the French war he retired to his farm, but in 1775 was commissioned lieutenant, and sent to Boston soon after the battle of Lexington. In July 1775, he accompanied an expedition to man the forts on Lake Champlain. He was made captain in 1776, attached to Hinman's regiment, and saw active service in New York and New Jersey. He was taken prisoner at the capture of Fort Washington, and was confined in New York nearly a year, during which time, when on parole, he often met and consulted with his fellow-prisoner, Ethan Allen. After being exchanged, he was made major 13 August 1777, became Lieutenant-Colonel in 1780, colonel early ill 1781, and soon afterward was appointed to the command of all the Connecticut troops raised for sea-coast de-fence, with the duties and pay of a brigadier-general. After the war he was frequently a member of the legislature. His son, Ebenezer (major United States army), died in service during the war of 1812.
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