(1739–1809) Revolutionary army officer, brigadier general of the New Jersey militia, born in Talbot County, Maryland. Dickinson participated in the battle of Trenton (1777), and he was acclaimed by George Washington for successfully deploying his militia against a foraging party of Charles Cornwallis near the Somerset County courthouse. Washington also attributed much of the American success at Monmouth (1778) to Dickinson and his men.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.