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HENLEY, David, Revolutionary soldier, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 12 February, 1748; died in Washington, D. C., 1 January, 1823. He was appointed brigade-major to General Heath on 15 August, 1775, and on 8 January, 1776, crossed from Cobble hill and set fire to houses in Charlestown that were occupied by British soldiers. He was made deputy adjutant-general on 6 September, 1776, and commissioned colonel of a Massachusetts regiment on 1 January, 1777. He was in command at Cambridge when the troops that had been captured at Saratoga were brought thither. General Burgoyne brought charges of cruelty against him for his treatment of the British prisoners, but he was exonerated by a court-martial. After the war he held various posts under the government, and at the time of his death was a clerk in the war department.--His brother, Thomas, born in Charlest0wn, Massachusetts; died on Randall's island, New York, 24 September, 1776, also held the rank of major, served as aide-de-camp to General Heath, and was accounted one of the best officers in the army. He lost his life in an attempt to recapture from the British Randall's, then called Montressor's, island, on which, with Colonel Jackson, he made a descent in flat-boats. He led the assault, fell at the head of his men, and was buried in Trinity church-yard.
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