August 29 - 1778: Harwich man at the Battle of Quaker Hill

1970: Air Station Cape Cod created
An old painting of the Battle of Quaker Hill

1778: Harwich Capt. Webb enters the history books

Two other Harwich men, Haskell and Watson Freeman, severely wounded that day

On this day,  August 29, in 1778, this brave officer who served throughout the Revolutionary war, who participated in seventeen engagements, and who was considered by his superior officers a trusty captain, was a Cape Cod man, and fought in the Battle of Quaker Hill.

George Webb was born in that part of old Yarmouth, now Dennis, June 9, 1740. His father was a mariner who had for some time been connected in some way with the British navy. Some few years after the birth of his youngest son, John, he went on a sea voyage and never returned. The sons, George and John, hardly remembered him; but their recollection of him was such as to establish in their minds an opinion of his regular nautical training and his ability as a disciplinarian that was never forgotten. The mother died at the age of 35, in September, 1755, and lies buried in old Winslow burying ground in East Dennis.

The Battle

Capt. Webb was with his company in Shepherd's regiment, and Glover's brigade at the battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778, when Washington turned defeat into victory. The day was excessively warm, and his men suffered intensely from heat and thirst. The day was Sunday and the conflict continued from nine in the morning till darkness. At night the men lay upon their arms on the warm ground expecting a renewal of the fight in the morning, but when it dawned there was no British army in sight, and Washington with his army proceeded on to While Plain on the Hudson for headquarters. The day at Monmouth was never forgotten by the old soldiers when telling stories by the fireside of the capture of Burgoyne, and of their stay at Valley Forge.

Soon after returning to the Hudson, Capt. Webb's company was sent to Rhode Island, and there under Gen. Sullivan, took part in the battle fought at Quaker Hill, August 29, 1778. In this battle Capt. Webb had two of his men, belonging to old Harwich, severely wounded. They were Haskell Freeman and Watson Freeman.

The former was unfit for duty for sometime on the account of his wound, and was given a furlough for recuperation. He was promoted to the lieutenancy, Nov. 26, 1779, but resigned Aug. 24, 1780, on the account of ill health, due to the wounds he had received at Rhode Island.

Read more about George Webb here.

1970: Air Station Cape Cod created

On this day in 1970, Air Station Cape Cod was born. In the 1960s, the Coast Guard began searching for a replacement facility, one that could grow as needed and accommodate modern aircraft. In 1968, the Department of Defense agreed to allow the Coast Guard to utilize Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod for a new Coast Guard Air Station. 

Air Station Cape Cod was officially established on August 29, 1970. Protecting the coast of the United States from New York City to the Canadian border, Air Station Cape Cod has grown into one of the most active and essential air stations in the service.

Read more USCG Air Station Cape Cod history here. Below: Two Air Station Cape Cod planes flying ove the Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth.


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