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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
Ferguson, Patrick 1777- (search)
Ferguson, Patrick 1777- Military officer; born in England; son of Judge James Ferguson and a nephew of Lord Elibank; entered the British army at the age of eighteen, and came to America in the spring of 1777, serving under Cornwallis, first in the North and then in the South. After the siege of Charleston in 1780 he was promoted to major, and was detached by Cornwallis to embody the Tories in South Carolina. He was killed in the battle of King's Mountain (q. v.), Oct. 7, 1780.