(1720?-81) Revolutionary army officer, born in the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina. In the Revolutionary War, Ashe led a force of rangers that defeated the British at Moore's Creek Bridge, North Carolina. In a surprise British attack at Briar Creek, Georgia (March 3, 1779), Ashe's Georgians stood their ground until overwhelmed, while the North Carolinians broke and ran, some without having fired a shot. Ashe's defeat crushed the hopes of Lincoln and other patriots to recover Georgia and left the state firmly in British hands. This battle ended his career.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.