Moses Dustin

Captain Moses Dustin, 2nd New Hampshire Regiment

Moses Dustin was born November 21, 1744 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He was the son of Nathaniel and Tryphena (Hazelton) Dustin. Moses Dustin worked as a blacksmith in Chester, New Hampshire prior to moving to Candia, New Hampshire in 1772.

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Moses Dustin was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the 26th Continental Infantry Regiment (previously known as Gerrish’s Regiment and later known as the 9th Massachusetts Regiment, Continental Line). On November 8, 1776, First Lieutenant Dustin was transferred to the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line and retained his commission as a First Lieutenant. On July 7, 1777, First Lieutenant Dustin was taken prisoner at the Battle of Hubbardton. His captivity must have been brief as he was promoted to Captain on September 20, 1777. He was retained in the 2nd New Hampshire during the reorganization of the New Hampshire Line that took effect January 1, 1781. He served to the end of the war.

 After the War, he was active in the New Hampshire Militia and was made a brevet Colonel in 1792. Captain Moses Dustin passed away on January 10, 1795.

Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army (Baltimore, 1914), 162; The State of New Hampshire (compiled and edited Isaac W. Hammond), Rolls and documents relating to soldiers in the Revolutionary War : with an appendix, embracing some Indian and French war rolls (Manchester, 1887); Selected Wartime Service Records of Captain Moses Dustin.