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Benjamin Thaxter Lincoln
Birth: Jan. 24, 1733
Hingham
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 9, 1810
Hingham
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA

Revolutionary War Continental Army Major General. Served with distinction in the Northern battles of Bennington and Saratoga. Made commander of the Charleston, South Carolina defenses in 1788, he allowed the British to box him in the city, which he surrendered after the siege (1780). Exchanged, he joined Washington's army in time to participate in Cornwallis' defeat at Yorktown. As Washington's second in command, he accepted the British surrender from Cornwallis' second in Command, Brig. Gen. Charles O'Hara (Cornwallis was ill and did not personally surrender). He served as Secretary of War of the Continental Congress from 1781-1783. A myth arose that Washington spurned O'Hara's surrender sword, and directed it to General Lincoln because Cornwallis forced Lincoln to surrender Charleston. The truth is the military protocol of the time directed officers of equal rank to deal with one another. Since Washington was higher in rank to O'Hara, protocol dictated the General Lincoln accept the surrender. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Benjamin Lincoln (1699 - 1771)
  Elizabeth Thaxter Norton-Lincoln (1692 - 1762)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Cushing Lincoln (1734 - 1816)
 
 Children:
  Theodore Lincoln (1763 - 1852)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Norton (1718 - 1799)**
  Benjamin Thaxter Lincoln (1733 - 1810)
  Bela Lincoln (1734 - 1773)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Hingham Cemetery
Hingham
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: A 007 001
 
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Record added: Mar 21, 1999
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Benjamin Thaxter Lincoln
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Benjamin Thaxter Lincoln
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Benjamin Thaxter Lincoln
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