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Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
1. Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Marker
Inscription.
Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour
This plaque and the renaming of this bridge honor the Revolutionary War hero and distinguished citizen of Connecticut, Thomas Y. Seymour. Seymour, who later rose to the rank of Major in the Continental Army, was born June 19, 1757, the eldest child of the Hon. Thomas Seymour, the first Mayor of Hartford. After graduating from Yale in 1777, the son was given a commission in the Second Continental Regiment of Light Dragoons. Under the command of General. Horatio Gates and acting as an aide on the staff of field general Benedict Arnold, Seymour participated in the historic battle against the British near Saratoga, New York. A portion of the regiment commanded by then-Lieutenant Seymour constituted the sole Continental cavalry engaged in the fighting. The American victory at Saratoga proved to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War, for it prevented the British from cutting off New England from the rest of the colonies. Upon the surrender of Britain's General. John Burgoyne on December 17, 1777 at Freeman's Farm, Lt. Seymour was selected to escort the captive general to Boston and performed this delicate duty so much to Burgoyne's satisfaction that at the end of the trip, Burgoyne presented him with a magnificent saddle, leopard skin saddle cloth, and a brace of silver mounted pistols. In following
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
2. Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Memorial Bridge Marker
Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour
Memorial Bridge
Hartford
2005
Hon. M. Jodi Rell
Governor
Hon. Eddie A. Perez
Mayor
Stephen E. Korta, II
State Transportation Commissioner
Contractor: J.F. White East Hartford, CT
Engineer:
URS Corporation
Rocky Hill, CT
Federal Highway Administration
years, Seymour was elevated to the rank of Major, served as one of the original members of the Governor's Horse Guards, and in 1788 became its second commander. Whenever he commanded the Horse Guards he used with pride the gifts that Burgoyne had so graciously given him.
After resigning from the army in 1778, Seymour returned to Hartford (in 1780) and began the practice of law. He acted as State's Attorney for Hartford County from 1796 to 1807, and represented Hartford in the Connecticut General Assembly between 1795 and 1806. Among his many marks of honor was also the fact that in 1791 he served as an active member of a Connecticut Anti-Slavery Society.
In John Trumbull's painting, "Surrender of Burgoyne, " hanging in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Maj. Seymour is represented in the foreground mounted on a black charger.
 
Location. 41° 45.686′ N, 72° 40.23′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Arch Street, on the right when traveling south on Columbus Boulevard. Click for map. Located on the Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Memorial Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Hartford CT 06103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Front Street (here, next to this marker); Hartford Municipal Building
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
3. Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Adventurers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mark Twain (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Casimir Pulaski (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charter Oak Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Homesite of Col. Jeremiah Wadsworth (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Safe Arrival (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Hartford.
 
More about this marker. The Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Memorial Bridge carries Columbus Boulevard over the Conlin-Whitehead Highway
 
Also see . . .
1. "Surrender of Burgoyne" on Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Maj Thomas Youngs Seymour. (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 1, 2012
4. Maj. Thomas Y. Seymour Memorial Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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