William Alexander

(1726—1783) army officer in America

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(1726–83) Revolutionary army officer, born in New York City. Alexander prepared New York City for a threatened British assault until George Washington came down from Boston to take command. His relations with Washington were warm and his war experience varied and useful, though not exceptional. He was taken prisoner at New York (1776) but released; he fought at White Plains and Trenton (1776); he was promoted to major general, fought under Washington at Brandywine and Germantown (both 1777), and encamped at Valley Forge (1777–78).

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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