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Ups and downs of an army officer

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Pages: 652

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: George Augustus Armes

Excerpt from book: UPS AND DOWNS OF AN ARMY OFFICER. CHAPTER l. Having been requested by many friends and acquaintances to give a sketch of my past life, I have obtained the following names and dates from relatives, records and other sources as to the Armes family. William Armes, a Scotch lawyer, located with his brother among the first settlers in Deerfield, Mass. In this beautiful spot, with Deerfield mountains looming above them, with terrois of Indian warfare on every side, they established their homes and reared their children. In the memorable massacre of 1675 several of their descendants met a dreadful fate, and again, in 1704, they passed through the horrors of Indian captivity. Several members of the Armes and Orcult families distinguished themselves in the French and Indian war, nnd for their active participation in that turbulent period the family presents a creditable record. I am also a descendant of the Lymans of Massachusetts, the families of Hudson, Van Dyck, Field, Kibbey, Wallace, Parker. Powell. Wilson, Burrell, Emerson and Orcutt. My paternal grandfather, James Orcutt of Goshen, Mass., was an officer in the Massachusetts militia. He commanded a company for a time at West Point, and served with honor in the Hudson river cam chapter{Section 4paign. He was a personal and trusted friend of Washington: one in whom the commander-in-chief placed great confidence, as was evidenced by the fact that, on the night after the treachery of Benedict Arnold was discovered, General Washington selected Colonel Orcutt and his command to guard the great chain across the Hudson river, one of the most important posts at that eventful time, My father, Professor Josiah O. Armes, was born in Deerficld, Mass., in 1807. He a gentleman of high literary and scientif1c attainments, ...  

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