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Epaphras Bull

February 13, 1748
September 30, 1781
Home Town:
Hartford, CT
Deborah Coleman Bull (about 1775)
Biographical Notes:
Under the command of Colonel Ethan Allen, Epaphras Bull took part in the surprise attack and capture of Fort Ticonderoga, on May 10, 1775. Under Col. Elisha Sheldon, Captain Bull served in the victorious campaign against British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga. He also led a portion of the Second Dragoons at the battles of Trenton and Princeton. In August and September, 1778, Captain Bull was assigned surveillance of ship movements in Long Island Sound. In a series of eight letters to General George Washington, he apprised the General of the arrival and departure of British war ships and transports within or near the Sound. This reconnaissance was conducted from points on the coast below White Plains, N.Y. This, combined with other intelligence, assisted General Washington in assessing his ...

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