George Weedon


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(1734–1793) militia and Revolutionary War officer. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, George Weedon served as a junior officer in the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War (1754–63). Virginia appointed Weedon colonel of the Third Virginia Regiment when the Revolutionary War began, and in 1776 Congress named him commander of the Third Virginia Continental Regiment. He joined George Washington's army just in time for the fight at Harlem Heights, and saw considerable action through the fall of 1777, particularly distinguishing himself at the battle of Brandywine. Congress promoted Weedon to brigadier general in 1777, but he resigned from the army that winter in a dispute over seniority. Congress recalled him to command Virginia militia in 1781. Weedon supervised the supplying of the Marquis de Lafayette's army in Virginia and commanded 1,500 militiamen in the Yorktown campaign. Weedon died at his home in Fredericksburg after a long battle with gout.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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