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BEDEL, Timothy, soldier, born in Salem, New Hampshire, about 1740; died in Haverhill, New Hampshire, in February 1787. He served as a lieutenant in the French war. On 6 July 1775, he was appointed captain of rangers, and on 13 January 1776, colonel of the 1st New Hampshire regiment, joining the northern army under Schuyler. He was with Montgomery at the taking of St. John's, on the Sorel, and wasin command of the force at the Cedars, near Montreal, which was attacked by Brant's Indians and surrendered without resistance by order of Captain Butterfield, the subordinate officer in command during the absence of Colonel Bedel, who lay ill at Lachine. General Arnold threw the blame on Bedel, who was deprived of his command, but was subsequently reinstated. He was afterward Major-General of New Hampshire militia.
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