THis is what I have in my hotes on COl Simonds:
"Benjamin Simonds' commission as Colonel of the all Berkshire regiment of provincial militia dates from August 30, 1775. In the summer of 1776 Generals Gates, Schuyler and Lincoln were corresponding directly with Simonds concerning the defense of upper New York State against the rumored advance of the British from Montreal. In the autumn his regiment was ordered to join Washington's forces at White Plains, where they fought a losing battle.
The Berkshire regiment was then ordered north to Fort Ticonderoga, and was stationed there from December 16 to March 22, 1777. In April the Berkshire regiment was divided, the men from the Southern towns now forming the First regiments, while Simonds was in command of the Second. Both regiments were to have that summer their "crowded hour of glorious life" at the Battle of Bennington.
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