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Captain Earl Clapp April 19, 1775 Minutemen Commander at Lexington & Concord Testimonial Document Signed ... “With a sincere wish that the Tree of Liberty so gloriously planted in the American soil may continue to flourish...”

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EARL CLAPP (1741-1836). Commanded a Company of Minutemen at the Lexington Alarm as a Captain of Massachusetts Militia Officer with the Minutemen on April 19, 1775 taking part at the Battle of Lexington & Concord, subsequently served as a Major of the Plymouth County Massachusetts, Militia.

September 6, 1819-Dated Post Revolutionary War, Manuscript Testimonial Document Signed by “Earl Clapp”, who was an Officer with the Minutemen of April 19, 1775, Choice Very Fine. This Manuscript Document Signed by Earl Clapp is 2 pages (1 sheet written front and back), measuring 7.75” x 13” being his formal testimony and statement of Military Service during the Revolutionary War. This testimonial Document was done to help a Vermont soldier gain his government Bounty and Pension money. Several of these men are also noted in the book titled: "History of the Siege of Boston, and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill" by Frothingham, 1849. Accompanied with a Xerox copy of his biography information in this lot. Within his testimony here Clapp writes: “With a sincere wish that the Tree of Liberty so gloriously planted in the American soil may continue to flourish...”

This Document has been written with numerous misspellings and is Signed at the bottom of the second page by Major Earl Clapp. Research shows that he was a Captain, in command of a Company of Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington & Concord on April 19th, 1775.

The document also concerns Colonel Jonathan Ward, and mentions General Joseph Spencer. General Spencer Commanded a Regiment at the Siege of Boston, prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In this Document, Earl Clapp testifies that a soldier from Vermont was well known, and that he indeed served in the Army, stating that he was a fifer and received pay for his army service.
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