WOODHULL, NATHANIEL. (1722–1776). Militia general. New York. A major under Abercromby in the Ticonderoga and Crown Point operations of 1758, he accompanied Bradstreet's expedition against Fort Frontenac and was a colonel under Amherst in 1760. A wealthy landowner, he was active in Patriot politics, serving as president of the New York Provincial Congress in 1775 and 1776. Appointed brigadier general of the militia in Suffolk and Queens Counties in October 1775, he was surprised at Jamaica on 28 August 1776 and wounded in the arm. He died on 20 September of gangrene after his arm was removed by a surgeon.
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