Monday, February 25, 2013

February 26: A Prisoner's Petition

From the Journals of the Continental Congress, February 26, 1776:

A petition from lieutenant Jocelyn Feltham, of the 26 [regiment], who was taken prisoner at Ticonderoga [was presented and read,] praying leave to go to Europe for the recovery of his health.
   Revolved, That the prayer of his petition be granted.

   A combined force led by Colonel Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captured the British garrison at Fort Ticonderoga in Upstate New York in 1775.  Lieut Feltham was among the officers captured at the fort.  Ethan Allen had the honor of bragging that he treated Feltham and his fellow-prisoners "with every mark of friendship and generosity...."  Please consult the post "Gen. Richard Prescott." For the February 26, 1776 resolution of the Continental Congress granting Feltham's petition, please consult Worthington Chauncey Ford, editor, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, 34 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904-1937), 4:127.
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