In December of 1776, at Windsor, Berkshire, MA he enlisted as a private in Capt. William Watkins company, Col Seymour's Regiment, MA Militia, marched to Albany, then Greensborough, now Whitehall, then to Ticonderoga. Continued in service until was dismissed. Was sent to the Battle of Bennington, 16 August 1777, but arrived just after the battle. In September of 1777 called out with Col Clark's Regiment to prevent the march of Burgoyne and, then a Sergeant, was at Saratoga when Burgoyne surrendered, 17 October 1777. He was called out on several alarms in MA.