; born in Donegal, Ireland
, in 1730, of a Huguenot family which came to Virginia
was a volunteer to take possession of the Ohio
region in 1754; was with Washington
; and was major of a Virginian regiment at Braddock
In the expedition under Major Grant
, in 1758, he was made prisoner and taken to Montreal
In 1768 he was a commissioner to treat with the Indians at Fort Stanwix
; was appointed a brigadier-general in 1774, and on Oct. 10, that year, he fought a severe battle with a formidable Indian force at Point Pleasant
, and gained a victory.
In the Virginia House
of Burgesses, and in the field, he was a bold patriot.
A colonel in the army, he commanded the Virginia
troops that drove Lord Dunmore from Virginian waters.
In that expedition he caught a cold, from the effects of which he died, in Bedford county
, Sept. 26, 1781.
His four brothers —Samuel, Thomas
Charles, and William —were all distinguished in military annals.
His statue occupies one of the pedestals around Crawford
's Washington monument at Richmond