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Capt George Fishley
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George Fishley was a soldier in the Continental army. When the British army evacuated Philadelphia and raced toward New York City, his unit participated in the Battle of Monmouth. Later he was part the genocidal attack on Indians who had sided with the British, a march led by General John Sullivan through "Indian country," parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Fishley's regiment, the Third New Hampshire, was in the midst of the campaign's only contested battle. After the Battle of Chemung, August 28, 1779, the Americans had devastated forty Indian towns and burned their crops. Later Fishley served on a privateer a private ship licensed to prey on enemy shipping and was captured by the British. Fishley was a famous character after the war in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he lived. He was known as "the last of our cocked hats" Continental soldiers wore tall, wide, Napoleonic-looking headgear with cockades. He marched in parades wearing the hat, which his obituary said "almost vied in years with the wearer." Fishley is wearing the hat in the daguerreotype.

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