John Stark was a Continental Army colonel of the 1st New Hampshire, fighting in 1775 and 1776 at Bunker Hill, Trenton, and Princeton. In July 1776, he briefly commanded the Third Brigade at Mount Independence in Vermont. Stark then resigned after being passed over for a promotion. He recruited a militia in New Hampshire, where he was made a brigadier general. In August 1777, John Stark gathered a large force and on August 16, with Col. Seth Warner, fought and won the Battle of Bennington. They defeated British Lt. General John Burgoyne’s German allies who had been sent to capture American supplies at Bennington. Congress then made Stark a major general where he served until the war ended in 1783. When he died in 1822, he was the last surviving Revolutionary War general.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This John Stark history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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