Col. Charles Burrall’s regiment was one of three regiments raised for service in Canada by the Continental Congress on 8 January 1776. The unit arrived in Canada just in time to join the rout of the Northern Army, losing two companies by capture at the Cedars (near Montreal) in May. The retreat from Canada ended at Ticonderoga in July. Burrall’s regiment expired there on 19 January 1777.
The ships of Benedict Arnold’s flotilla at Valcour Island were manned by maritime officers and seamen raised in Connecticut and by seamen drawn from the ranks of the Army. Landsmen were drafted as well, to serve as marines. Arnold expressed his opinion about them in September 1776: “We have a wretched motley Crew in the Fleet; the Marines, the Refuse of every Regiment, and the Seamen, few of them ever wet with salt Water.”
The bible for Connecticut units and personnel in the American Revolution remains Henry P. Johnston, ed., The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the War of the Revolution, 1775–1783 (Hartford, 1889). Burrall’s regiment is included on pages 110–112, but the entry offers only a roster of the field and company officers, a company muster roll of November 1776, and lists of the personnel in the two companies captured at the Cedars. Apparently no further source material on this unit’s members is extant.
However, Cyrenus Stoddard’s name appears on page 644 in a list of pensioners living in New York in 1818. Perhaps a librarian could help in accessing the microfilmed rolls of pension applications of the Revolutionary War in the National Archives. It is a good bet that Cyrenus’s application will present a summary of his services.
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