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Brigadier General Gold Selleck Silliman Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles


Died: Circa 1790
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Gold Selleck Silliman (1732-1790), a Yale-educated Connecticut lawyer, became a colonel in the Connecticut militia in 1775, promoted to brigadier general in 1776. Silliman fought with Washington's army in the New York campaign of 1776. In 1777, charged with patrolling southeast Connecticut and its coast from British and Tory raids, General Silliman helped repel the British at the Battle of Ridgefield. Captured by raiding Tories in 1779 and taken with his son to New York, he was exchanged one year later. (These events were recounted in the TV movie Mary Silliman's War (1994). Gold Selleck Silliman's son, Benjamin Silliman, was the first professor of science at Yale and the first to distill petroleum.

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