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PORTER, Moses, soldier, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1755; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 14 April, 1822. He entered the Revolutionary army as a lieutenant in Captain Samuel R. Trevett's artillery, 19 May, 1775, served at Bunker Hill and through the war, and was one of the few old officers that were selected for the peace establishment in 1794. He became lieutenant of artillery, 29 September, 1789, and captain in November, 1791, and served under General Anthony Wayne in the expedition against the northwestern Indians in 1794. He was appointed major of the 1st artillery on 26 Nay, 1800, colonel of light artillery 12 March, 1812, accompanied General James Wilkinson's army to Canada, commanded the artillery, and served with credit at the capture of Fort George, 27 May, 1813. He was brevetted brigadier-general on 10 September, 1813, and ordered to the defence of Norfolk, Virginia, in 1814. He became colonel of the 1st artillery in May, 1821.
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