(1742–75) frontiersman and Revolutionary War soldier, born in Old Town, Maryland. As captain of a rifle company from Frederick County, Maryland, Cresap marched with “Cresap's Rifles” 550 miles in twenty-five days, joining the Continental army at Boston (1775). Cresap was blamed by Virginians for beginning Lord Dunmore's War (1774). Near Wheeling, he attacked and scalped two warriors, one Delaware and the other Shawnee. At the treaty conference, he was charged with the murder of the family of the Mingo war chief James Logan (Tah-gah-jute).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.