Gen Heman Swift Two Signed Documents From Hudson Highlands Defense Of West Point For Sale
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INCLUDES CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY GEN. HEMAN SWIFT
Col. Swift aiding wounded Gen. Lafayette
On March 27, 1758, Heman Swift was commissioned by Thomas Fitch, Governor of Connecticut, first Lieutenant, Ninth Company, under Col. David Worcester, for the invasion of Canada and served through the French & Indian War.Heman Swift enlisted on June 20, 1776, served with General Gates around Fort Ticonderoga in 1776 and was the Colonel who commanded the 7th Regiment of Connecticut Line in the Continental Army in 1777 though 1781.At the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777, Col. Swift removed his sash to wrap it around the waist of a wounded General Lafayette. See image above. The bloodstained sash is displayed at Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Lafayette was so touched by Swift’s gesture that at the end of the war he presented to Swift his epaulets, chapeau, sword, and sash. Swift also fought at Germantown on October 4, 1777.Col. Swift was a personal friend of Gen. Washington and was held by him in high esteem. He was affectionately called "Washington's Colonel." A member of General Washington's staff, he wintered with him at Valley Forge 1777-1778. Swift took the Oath of Allgiance at Valley Forge in 1778.Col. Swift was later detached to command the Connecticut Light Infantry Battalion under General Lafayette's Division in 1780 and 1781. He commanded the Second Regiment of the Connecticut Line in the Continental Army from 1781-1783. Heman Swift was an original member of the Order of the Cincinnati.By Act of Congress, Col. Heman Swift was promoted to Brigadier-General on September 30, 1783, less than four months after signing this document. He then led his troops to Fraunces Tavern in New York City. George Washington had invited the officers of the Continental Army to join him in the Long Room of Fraunces Tavern so he could say farewell. Swift was present to hear Washington talk to his troops on December 4, 1783, nine days after the last British soldiers left American soil. Swift's bloodstained sash that he had wrapped around the waist of a wounded General Lafayette is displayed at Fraunces Tavern.
Appointed assistant to Connecticut Governor Samuel Huntington in 1790, Swift served on the Governor's Council until 1802. In 1792, the Connecticut General Assembly appointed Swift Major General in the State Militia. In 1796, he was elected Judge of the Litchfield County Court, serving six years. In 1796, he was a presidential elector.In 1800, Swift was appointed by the General Assembly to sell Schaghticoke Indian Lands to settle Indians' debts. He was made Commissioner of Indian Lands to oversee affairs of the 35 remaining Schaghticoke Indians. In 1801, he sold a tract of land and used the money to build six houses for them.
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