Enos, Roger

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Enos, Roger

ENOS, ROGER. (1729–1808). Continental officer. Connecticut. Born in Simsbury, Connecticut, Roger Enos served with colonial troops in 1759, and in 1764 had become a captain in Israel Putnam's regiment. He took part in the Havana campaign of 1762, and ten years later went on the commission sent by Connecticut to look at land in the Mississippi Valley that had been granted to veterans. Promoted to major of the Second Connecticut Regiment on 1 May 1775, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 1 July of that year. He commanded a battalion in Arnold's March to Quebec, and on 1 December was court-martialed for "quitting without leave," because he had turned back from that march with his 300 men and their supplies. Although honorably acquitted, he left the Continental service on 10 December 1775. He subsequently became colonel of the Sixteenth Connecticut Militia, resigned 18 January 1776, but was colonel of another regiment from 1777 through 1779. In March 1781 he settled in Enosburg, Vermont, and that year he was appointed brigadier general in command of all Vermont militia. He was promoted to state major general in 1787, and held this post until his resignation in 1791.

SEE ALSO Arnold's March to Quebec; Putnam, Israel.

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