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The name of Asa Putney appears on a list of applicants for invalid pensions submitted to the House of Representatives by the Secretary of War on December 31, 1794, and printed in the American State Papers, class 9, page 137. While serving as sergeant in Col. Thomas Stickneys Regiment of Militia,, August 1777, he lost the use of his right arm by a musket ball shot through it at the Battle of Bennington. His residence in 1794 was Warner, N.H.
September 28, 1833 Asa Putney of Warner, Merrimack County N.H., eighty-one years of age, deposed:
that about may 1, 1775 he enlisted at Henniker, N.H., for eight months under Capt. Baldwin of Hillsborough; that he passed muster at Mystic (now Medford) Mass., marched to Charlestown, Mass., and was attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. John Stark;
that he was in the battle of Bunker Hill, and helped erect a breastwork composed of rail fences and new mown hay; that during engagement Capt. Baldwin was killed and Lieut. Hale of Hopkinton, N. H., took command through the engagement;
that he retreated with the American troops over Charlestown Neck; "that after passing the Neck Maj. McClary was on the point of returning and on being advised not to on account of danger to which he would be exposed, replied that the ball was not run to kill him"..."In a few moments a ball struck and killed him and wounded two others";
that after the battle of Bunker Hill he was stationed at Winter Hill near Boston, where he served out his term and was discharged;
that in April 1776 he again enlisted at Hopkinton for mine months under Capt. Timothy Clement of Hopkinton, marched to Portsmouth N.H., and was attached to the Regiment commanded by Col. Calef, and was stationed at Great Island, where he served until discharged;
that in July 1777, he enlisted at Henniker as a sergeant for two months under Capt. Joshua Bailey of Hopkinton, marched Bennington, Vt., and made part of the Regiment commanded by Col. Thomas Stickney of Concord, N.H.;
that he was in Bennington Battle and was wounded by a musket ball in the right arm, but served out his term of enlistment and was discharged.
September 30, 1833 Rev. J. Wellman and Joseph B. Hoyt, both of Warner, N.H., certified that it is the general belief in the neighborhood in which Asa Putney lives, that he has been a soldier in the Revolution, in which opinion we concur.
Joseph B. Hoyt.
Claim allowed and Certificate 21895, New Hampshire Agency, for $67.16 per annum, beginning March 4, 1831, was issued November 20, 1833 under Act of June 7, 1832.
A. (Only Revolutionary Pensioner named Asa Putney from any state. B.D.)
30 Apr 1997
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