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Charleston’s Machin was a war hero

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When Gen. George Washington needed to get fortifications completed along the Hudson River highlands in 1777, he sought help from an English immigrant who would go on to become a leading citizen in the Mohawk Valley. Thomas Machin was “a person of merit,” according to a letter written by Washington. Born in Staffordshire in 1744, Machin fought as an English cadet in the battle of Minden, Prussia. Returning home, he learned engineering and left for ...


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