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WINSLOW, John, soldier, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 29 October, 1753; died there, 29 November, 1819. He saved the communion-plate of the Old South church from the British by burying it, and from its steeple witnessed the battle of Bunker Hill. Upon going to the battle-field he was the first person to discover the body of General Joseph Warren. Disguising himself in sailor's clothes, he shipped on a British man-of-war bound to Newport, where he escaped, entered the American army, and shortly received the appointment of deputy paymaster-general. He saved the public chest and important papers at the defeat of the army under Montgomery at Quebec and at the battle of Ticonderoga; in charge also of a battery in the campaign against Burgoyne, at his surrender he took account of the captured stores, being subsequently stationed at West Point and White Plains. On 21 March, 1799, he was elected brigadier-general of the Boston brigade, and in 1809 chosen by the legislature major-general of the militia. In 1788 he was lieutenant, and in 1792 and 1798 captain, of the Ancient and honorable artillery company. An infantry company was formed and named the "Winslow blues." He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati and its treasurer, and was also treasurer of Suffolk county the last seven years of his life.
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