Militia

Lawyer, politician, writer, militia officer, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1732—1808.
 
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Militia soldier, military tactician, Continental Army general; 1736—1802.
 
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American painter, soldier; created first American museum; 1741—1827.
 
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Boston doctor, revolutionary, militia general; died at the Battle of Bunker Hill; 1741—75.
 
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[Lord Frederick] North defended his role in the war for America to his death. He insisted that it did not originate in a despotic wish to tyrannise America, but from the desire of maintaining constitutional authority of Parliament over the colonies. He admitted that the war with American had been unfortunate but not unjust, adding that if he had been forced to mount the scaffold in consequence of the part that I have performed in its prosecution, I shall continue to maintain that it was founded in right and dictated by necessity.

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (2013)