(1744–1802) Revolutionary army officer, born in Leinster, Ireland. Hand took part in the siege of Boston (1775) and fought in the battles of New York and Trenton (both 1776). Hand was a close friend of George Washington. He was with him during the surrender at Yorktown (1781), and after the war served him as adjutant general of a militia during the Whiskey Rebellion (1794). Washington appointed him a district inspector of customs in Pennsylvania (1791), an office he held for eleven years. Hand was active in the formation of the Society of the Cincinnati, which he served as president (1789).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.