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John Lamb

  • Birth 1 Jan 1735 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 31 May 1800 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Plot SECTION S1d, Southside
  • Memorial ID 11796158

American General. Before the outbreak of the Revolution, Lamb was a trader in liquors. He married Catherine Jardine about 1760, and shortly thereafter, when troubles began with the British, he joined the Sons of Liberty. At the start of the American Revolutionary War, Lamb was commissioned a captain of the New York artillery. He fought at the Battle of Quebec in 1775, where he was wounded and captured. Released months later, Lamb was a major and then, in 1777, colonel of the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment. In 1779 and 1780, he commanded the artillery at West Point, NY. In 1781, Lamb led the led the 2nd Continental Artillery Regiment during the final major battle of the war, at Yorktown, VA, firing the cannon which began the siege. He was placed in temporary command of all the American artillery after the victory on the return to New York. In 1783 he was breveted a brigadier general and the following year was appointed Collector of the Port of New York. During the Constitutional debates in 1787 and 1788, Lamb came out at a staunch anti-Federalist, leading the fight against the Constitution in New York. Lamb held the Port position until 1797, when it was found his deputy had been embezzling custom duties. Lamb repaid the losses and regained his position, but died in poverty.

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  • Originally Created by: Dan Silva
  • Added: 22 Sep 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11796158
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Lamb (1 Jan 1735–31 May 1800), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11796158, citing Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .