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FROST, John, soldier, born in Kittery, Maine, 5 May 1738: died there in July 1810. He served, as captain in the Canadian campaign of 1759, and in 1775 was a lieutenant colonel at the siege of Boston. When the campaign of 1776 began, he was promoted to the rank of colonel, and he won distinction in the severe engagements that preceded the retreat of Washington to Philadelphia. When Burgoyne invaded New York, Colonel Frost's regiment became an adjunct to the army under General Gates, and, after Burgoyne's surrender, Colonel Frost joined Washington's central division, and participated in the action of Monmouth and other engagements. Until the close of the war he served in the middle and southern states, and left the army with the rank of brigadier general. He then returned to Kittery, was appointed judge of the court of sessions for York County, Maine, and was subsequently a member of the governor's council in Massachusetts, of which Maine was thenK part.
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