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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2019 9:21 p.m. PST

#Over the years, historians have located about thirty first-hand accounts of the American expedition into Canada in the fall of 1775. These accounts detail the hardships encountered as the Americans marched through the wilderness in an attempt to capture the British stronghold at Quebec. There may be other journals that have not yet been discovered; the originals in private collections or lost with the passage of time. One that may exist but has yet to be found is the journal of Pvt. Freeman Judd.

Freeman Judd was born in Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut, on August 10, 1755, one of ten children of Stephen Judd. Freeman followed his father's trade as a carpenter and joiner. Not long after the Battle of Lexington, he enlisted on April 25, 1775 with two of his brothers, Daniel and Eben, in Capt. Benedict Arnold's company of Connecticut militia. He volunteered for the Quebec expedition as a private in Capt. Oliver Hanchett's Company and continued in the service up until 1781, serving in the Connecticut Continental line and the militia…."
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Dn Jackson31 Jan 2019 12:00 a.m. PST

Very interesting. I love personal stories like this. One thing that struck me is that we often hear how mobile we've become, since the invention of the car and how people were born, grew up, and died within 50 miles of one place prior to that. Freeman moved six times from Ct, to NY, to PA before dying at age 85!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 12:19 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend! (smile)


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