(1725–1806)Revolutionary War officer. Born in Scotland, emigrated to Georgia with his family. In January 1776 he was appointed a colonel in the Georgia militia, and in September he became a brigadier general in the Continental Army. He was reassigned from Georgia after killing the state president in a duel, but after stints at Valley Forge (1771–78) and in command of the Western Department headquartered at Fort Pitt, he rejoined the army in the South. He commanded two regiments in the failed attack on Savannah in 1779, and was taken prisoner when the British took Charleston in 1780. He did not return to Georgia until 1783.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.