Brigadier General Gold Selleck Silliman Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
BRIGADIER GENERAL GOLD SELLECK SILLIMAN
Died: Circa 1790
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.
BRIGADIER GENERAL GOLD SELLECK SILLIMAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 283512Near the end of the Revolutionary War (July 15, 1783), General Silliman signs an 8-page autograph letter to General David Forman, detailing measures he has taken in a criminal investigation of "illicit trade with the enemy."
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