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VAN SCHAICK, Gozen, soldier, born in Albany, New York, in January, 1737 ; died there, 4 July, 1787. His father, Sybrant, was mayor of Albany in 1756-'61. Gozen was appointed lieutenant in the expedition against Crown Point in 1756, in which the French and Indians were defeated at Sabbath Day Point, became captain in 1758, took part in the expeditions against Fort Frontenac and Fort Niagara, and was appointed major of a New York regiment in 1759. He became lieutenant-colonel of the 1st New York regiment in 1762, participated in the battle of Ticonderoga, and received a severe wound on the cheek from a French musket that led to a cancerous disease of which he finally died. At the beginning of the Revolution he became colonel of the 2d New York regiment, and on 22 November, 1775, he was appointed to command the 1st New York battalion. A few weeks later he was sent on an expedition to Cherry Valley to protect the inhabitants from the incursions of the Indian chief, Joseph Brandt, and did good service, during this campaign and the subsequent ones. At the battle of Monmouth he acted as brigadier-general under Lord Stirling. In 1779 he was appointed to head a select detachment, with which he destroyed the Onondaga settlements. For that service congress gave him a vote of thanks. He was a rigid disciplinarian, his regiment being one of the best in the service, and his patriotism was freely shown in sacrificing his fortune to the public good.
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