Saturday, November 5, 2016

The War Office, Lebanon, Connecticut.



The War Office

Lebanon, Connecticut
Owned and maintained by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Inc.


The War Office, according to tradition was built circa 1727 by Gov. Trumbull's father, Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., the Patriarch of the Trumble/Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut. The Trumbulls were merchants, and the War Office originally served as the Trumbull family store. The War Office is where Governor Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. met with the Connecticut Council of Safety during the American Revolution (1775-1783). In this building Washington, Putnam, Knox, Parsons, Huntington, Spencer, Lafayette, Rochambeau, Chastellux, Lauzun and others met with Connecticut's Patriot Governor. "It has been said that more money, food, munitions, and manpower for the colonial forces were directed from this building during the Revolution than from any other area in the 13 original colonies."[1]

"In Connecticut the Committee of Safety took the form of an advisory council to assist the Governor in military matters. This colony alone of the thirteen was able to pass the crisis of the Revolution without any alteration in government, and the rebel Governor, Jonathan Trumbull, remained throughout the war its executive head."[2]






Notes:

1. Exploring Connecticut, William J. Prendergast, The Pequot Press, Inc., Second Printing, 1970.
2. The Provincial Committees of Safety of the American Revolution, Agnes Hunt, PH. D., Press of Winn & Judson, 1904, page 53, Digitized by Google, Google books, <https://books.google.com>.









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