(1739–1817) Revolutionary War army officer. Pickens was born in Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Virginia in the 1740s. Marriage into a prominent local family of independence-minded gentry established him in the area and helped form him into an ardent patriot. As an important militia leader, he helped defeat area Tories and thus thwarted the British plan to solidify their position in the South.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.