25 November 2015

Washington's Body-Guard


Diah Manning (b. 1760) married in 1784, Anna Gifford, daughter of James and Susanna Hubbard Gifford. He was for many years the bell-ringer of Norwich Town and a famous drummer as well. Both he and his brother, Roger, served as drummers during the Revolutionary war. In 1775 Roger was in Col. Israel Putnam's regiment, and Diah in the Eighth regiment under Col. Jedediah Huntington. At Valley Forge, in 1778, both the brothers were among the picked men chosen to serve in Washington's body-guard.

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