John Sullivan (1740–1795) was a Continental Army general during the American Revolution who defeated the British-allied Iroquois in New York in 1779. Sullivan served in both the First and Second Continental Congresses and became a brigadier general in the Contintental Army in 1775. He led troops at the Battle of Long Island, at which he was captured but soon released. He also took part in battles at Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown. He wintered with Washington at Valley Forge in 1777–1778, and in 1779 was ordered to lead a campaign against the Iroquois in New York. In retaliation for raids led by Mohawk chief Joseph Brant, Sullivan’s forces systematically burned and destroyed dozens of Iroquois villages and their crops. After the war, Sullivan served in the New Hampshire state government and helped put down Shays’ Rebellion in 1786–1787.

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