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Webb, Thomas (1725-1796), soldier and Methodist evangelist  

Frank Baker

Webb, Thomas (31 May 1725–20 December 1796), soldier and Methodist evangelist, was born in England. Little is known of his parentage or youth. On 29 October 1754 he was commissioned quartermaster in the Forty-eighth Regiment of Foot in the British army and was promoted to lieutenant on 9 November 1755. During the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) the regiment went to North America to stem the advance of the French. He served under General James Wolfe in the siege of Louisburg (1758) but was severely wounded in the devastating French victory at Montmorency on 31 July 1759. All that he recollected was a flash of light as a musket ball destroyed his right eye, though later he was apt to embellish his account a little. That winter he prepared a slight ...