; born in Prince George county, Va.
, in 1742; was, by his maternal side, fourth in descent from Pocahontas
(q. v.), his mother being Jane Rolfe
was his nephew.
He received the degree of M. D. at Edinburgh
, returned home in 1764, and practised medicine.
led volunteers in opposing Governor Dunmore
, and published some bitter letters against that officer over the signature of “Cassius
He became captain of the 1st Troop of Virginia
cavalry, and joined the main Continental army as lieutenant-colonel in 1777.
Brave, vigilant, and judicious, he was intrusted with the command of Burgoyne
's captive troops at Albemarle Barracks in Virginia
; and was member of the Continental Congress in 1780-83.
In the legislature and in the convention of his State he opposed the adoption of the national Constitution; but represented Virginia
in the first Congress held under it, dying while it was in session.
was a poet as well as a soldier and patriot.
The Bland papers
, containing many valuable memorials of the Revolution, were edited and published by Charles Campbell
He died in New York City. June 1, 1790.