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BADLAM, Ezra, soldier, born in Milton, Massachusetts, 25 May 1746; died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 5 April 1788. He was a brother of General Stephen Badlam, was a captain in Grilley's artillery regiment at the siege of Boston in 1775, was in L. Baldwin's regiment in 1776, was present at Trenton and Princeton, and from 7 July 1777, to 31 December 1780, was Lieutenant-Colonel of Bailey's regiment, the 2d Massachusetts. He was in M. Jackson's regiment from 1780 to 1782, and was taken prisoner by the British Colonel Norton at White Plains, 3 February 1780. He afterward served as a colonel in the suppression of Shays's rebellion.*His brother, Stephen, soldier, born in Milton, Massachusetts, 25 March 1748; died in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 25 August 1815. He entered the army in 1775, became lieutenant of artillery, and soon rose to the rank of major, commanding the artillery in the department of Canada. In July 1776, he took possession of the eminence opposite Ticonderoga, naming it Mount Independence on the 18th of that month, on receipt of the news that the declaration had been adopted by congress. In August 1777, he did good service at Fort Stanwix under Willet, and in 1799 was made Brigadier-General of militia. When a captain in New York he became acquainted with Alexander Hamilton, who frequently asked his advice in matters of tactics. He was throughout his life a great admirer and supporter of General Washington, by whom he was much esteemed. His later years were passed in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he was prominent in local affairs and in the Church.
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