|NAVY OFFICER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 11 Jan 1751, Dighton, Massachusetts - DIED 30 Jun 1813, New York City, New York|
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Trinity Churchyard, 75 Broadway, Manhattan
Silas Talbot became a captain in the Continental Army in 1775. He was involved in the siege of Boston and commanded a ship that tried to set fire to the British HMS Asia. Although this failed he was promoted to major in 1777.
He was wounded during the defense of Philadelphia but in 1778 he was back in action at Rhode Island. In 1779 he became a captain of the Continental Navy. He was taken prisoner until he was exchanged for a British officer in 1781.
After the war he lived in Johnstown, New York, where he bought the estate of its founder William Johnson. He was a member of the House of Representatives until he started supervising the construction of ships for the new US Navy. He commanded a vessel and sailed to the West Indies until he retired from the Navy in 1801. Reputedly he was wounded thirteen times during his career. In 1813 he died in New York City.