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William went with Captain Joseph Hatch, who formed a company of rangers for especial services, in August 1776. He received first month's pay and receipted for it. He volunteered for service in the corps organized to resist invasion of New Hampshire (Vermont Territory) by New York. The battle was fought July 12, 1775. He went as Lieutenant on scout duty for 10 days in March 1781 under Captain Eben Martin.
In 1780, Captain Stephen Calkins and twenty-eight men went on an expedition in answer to an Alarm for Rutland County districts, leaving on March 26 and returning after six days service. They were ordered out by Colonel Ebenezer Allen, Isaac Tichnor and Timothy Bronson audited the payroll; William received pay. Joseph Gage, Amos Calvin, William Lowing and Richard Smith were the quartet who stayed the whole campaign. Again, William (7th on the list, went with William Calkins and 24 men, October 20 returning October 25, 1780.
In 1781 he served as private volunteer in the usual fall alarm, from the Canadian frontier, serving under Captain Thomas Bull October.
In 1779, he and a few of "The Green Mountain Boys" joined an expedition, led by Captain Ethan Able, to the Canadian Frontier for two months. William was billeted as Sergeant.
In March 1780, another short campaign on the Canadian Border under Captain Gideon Crosby. In October 1780, another short campaign on the Canadian Frontier under Captain Jacob ODell. He also served under Captain Joshua Stanton and Captain Isaac Tichnor, Officers in the Green Mountain Lane, in an unusual campaign. In these short campaigns, instead of sending out regulars, they permitted volunteers from other sources to serve and this is the reason William served under so many officers.
There were nine days of hard fighting by the Rhode Island boys at Yorktown, but their military rolls were destroyed when the British burned Washington, during the War of 1812. This Yorktown engagement was the last for William and he received a commission as Captain, but this paper was burned, when his home burned years later at Lewis New York.
The preceding data has been verified by annuals of the War Department, Family Bibles and other documents.