Sunday, December 26, 2021

Colonel John Glover

 TL;DR -- Everyone in the U.S. knows of the crossing of the Delaware, at least by name. Some of the details may suffer, but the internet provides the means (if things are done right) to fill in as necessary. The New England Historical Society wrote of Moylan and the "United States of America" in a recent feed. We see that Washington had told Moylan to work with Glover. That latter name means something. The first two of a series of military articles in the Massachusetts Magazine dealt with Col. Glover's regiment. In these articles, the regiment, its officers and campaigns are covered. The officers have a little of their history mentioned which information is of interest to family researchers. By the time of the Christmas Eve crossing, Gen. Glover was there with his men who were boat handlers. One of their accomplishments had been to 'privateer' British vessels. In doing so, got nine.  


Col. Glover has been mentioned three times in posts of this blog: 

  • Massachusetts Magazine (May 28, 2014) -  this is when we first ran into Dr. Frank's magazine, TMM.
  • Research examples (Jun 7, 2015) -  we had seen a book, Embattled  farmers, about revolutionary soldiers and listed the military articles in all of the issues in the first two volumes of TMM. 
  • TMM, Vols. I and II (Jul 1, 2015) - we provided links to the Table of Contents for all of the issues of all of the volumes of TMM. 
Earlier this week, we saw a reference to Col. Glover's regiment. Then, The New England Historical Society sent an article that mentioned Col. Glover's outfit. The date of the article is uncertain, however the Society has regular mailings of a collection of articles. 

So, the article was titled "Stephen Moylan, the Irishman Who Coined “United States of America.” It gives some details about the life of Moylan. He came over here to Philadelphia after being educated in southern Europe. At the outbreak of the troubles, a friend referred him to George Washington who made him muster-master general. Also, he was ordered to work with Col. Glover's unit. At the time, Washington was quartered in Cambridge.   

General John Glover
So, recalling that we had seen Col. Glover mentioned by Dr. Frank and desiring to keep TMM in focus, we went to look. Sure enough, Dr. Frank mentions Moylan in his first of the military series: Colonel John Glover's Marblehead Regiment (via They also were headquartered in Beverly. 

Something of interest was that Glover had been ordered to capture British ships. They got nine which was the start of the Navy of the United Colonies. In his articles, Dr. Frank mentioned the officers of the outfit and some of their campaigns. Glover's regiment served in the New York areas as well in New England and New Jersey. As well, Dr. Frank writes of the origins of the personnel. Col. Glover was born in Salem; his family moved to Marblehead. Glover had two brothers who also served in the colonial army. 

The article continues from TMM Vol. I, 1 to TMM Vol. I, 2. In the later period, Gen. Glover was in charge of prisoners throughout Massachusetts. He also was asked to join Gen Washington at Valley Forge. Dr. Frank did not include his references, but we can compare his notes with the modern version like we did with the link to a Wikipedia article on Washington at Valley Forge and as crossing the Delaware. Too, the officer list is a who's who that would be useful for research and reference with respect to the focus of SAR and DAR.  

In many issues, Dr. Frank also included an article titled "Department of the American Revolution" which provided additional material and discussion with specifics related to the times and the events. Expect that we will be visiting TMM issues more frequently as we go along. 

Remarks:  Modified: 12/26/2021

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