Hezekiah Phillips (some sources say born in Wales, some say Virginia) served in the Revolutionary War as a teenager and was wounded in two very important battles. he was a skilled rifleman.
He was with Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan on the expedition through Maine to take Quebec. He was shot and taken prisoner during the attack on Quebec. Some sources say his brother John was with him on this expedition.
Years later he was shot again, while again fighting under Daniel Morgan, at the important battle at Cowpens South Carolina. He later moved to Preble County Ohio where he had obtained some bounty land for his miltary service. He is buried there.
Other people have posted in the Phillips forum about his wife and some of his children. His daughter Lydia Phillips married Leonard H Thomas in Preble County.
Leonard and Lydia Thomas later moved from Ohio to Tama County Iowa where Leonard ran a pottery business near the present day town of Traer. They are buried outside Traer in a cemetery that was very close to the Thomas Pottery shop. They had several children. One of them was Benjamin Franklin Thomas who worked with his father as a potter and who enlisted from Tama County into the 14th Iowa Infantry Company G during the Civil War.
BF Thomas fought at Fort Donelson and later at Shiloh, where he and his companions were part of the famous "Hornets' Nest" stand that saved Grant's army from destruction. During the War B F Thomas kept a detailed diary which this year been reprinted by the Traer Iowa historical museum:
( www.traermuseum.com )
Folks researching the family of Hezekiah Phillips might be interested in reading his grandson's Civil War diary. It is titled "Soldier Life-Many Must Fall" and the book also contains dozens of letters from the front lines sent home to their families by BF Thomas's messmates and closest companions.
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