(1749–1826) Revolutionary army officer and U.S. representative, born in Warwick, Pennsylvania. In the Revolutionary War Beatty was a major and company commander of the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion; he was captured at Fort Washington, Manhattan, in 1776 and exchanged in 1778. After his release, Beatty was promoted to colonel and named commissary general to supply the needs of captured enemy prisoners. For permitting trade with British, however, he was subjected to a general court-martial and reprimanded by George Washington (1780). He resigned that year.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.