Major General Jedediah Huntington Re-Visited
Updated: 5 days ago
Recently, while procrastinating on my research and writing on Margaret Barrett Huntington Stoughton (MBHS), 17th century Puritan immigrant, I found some fresh on-line images connected to Jedediah "Jed" Huntington--one of Margaret's many descendants and unsung hero of the American Revolution.
I spent roughly two years researching, writing and revising the article about his wife: "Faith Trumbull Huntington: An 18th Century Woman Encounters War," (Connecticut History Review, vol. 58, No. 1, Spring 2019). She suffered a fatal depression during the beginning months of the Revolutionary War. One of the main ways I studied and interpreted Faith's life was through an impressive cache of correspondence between her husband Jed Huntington, his brothers, father, step-mother, and father-in-law, Governor Jonathan Trumbull in the late summer of 1775 (during the Siege of Boston).
Thus, I am pretty well acquainted with this generation of Huntington brothers, especially Jed. He is kind of like my hero--all 5' 4" of him. In the last few years, by watching the internet, some artifacts associated with him have been revealed mainly through auction houses. Let's take a look:
Well, that's it for now! Back to Margaret's life. But, I could not pass up this opportunity to report on these fascinating images, that have re-surfaced, revealing some more clues to the VERY full life of Jed Huntington.
There is much more to learn about him (and not all is positive to a modern sensibility) but during his time, he was very important to the Continental army and winning the revolution.