On 31 January 1776, Nicholas Fish appears on a list of list of officers in Col. John Lasher’s 1st Regiment of Independent Militia of the City and County of New York, as second lieutenant of the Fusilier (not Grenadier) Company. The list contains the names of officers and men who were willing to have the regiment taken into Continental service as a complete unit. The proposition was voted down by the regiment at large.
I can’t find when Fish first joined the unit. He had not appeared on a return of the regiment that shows the field, staff, and company officers commissioned on 14 September 1775. Nor are there any subsequent returns of the regiment prior to its drafting as a regiment of militia levies on 7 June 1776, to serve on active duty till 1 December. It was assigned to Brig. Gen. John Morin Scott’s brigade and was involved in the campaign in New York and New Jersey as a part of Washington’s grand army.
Fish was separated from the regiment on 21 June when he was appointed brigade major to General Scott. After the campaign he was appointed major of the 2nd New York Regiment of the new Continental Line and served till the end of the war.
On 30 March 1786 he became adjutant general of the New York State militia.
Various secondary sources claim that Nicholas Fish served in the 2nd Regiment of Independent Militia, commanded first by Col. William Heyer and then by Col. William Malcom. Apparently he has become confused with John Fish, who served as second lieutenant and then as first lieutenant in the Grenadier Company of that unit.
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