For Virginia and for Independence: Twenty-Eight Revolutionary War Soldiers from the Old Dominion

For Virginia and for Independence: Twenty-Eight Revolutionary War Soldiers from the Old Dominion

by Harry M. Ward

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Overview

The phrase “American Revolutionary War Hero” usually brings to mind George Washington, John Paul Jones and other famous officers. Heroes, however, existed throughout the ranks during the Revolution, and many made their marks without ever receiving proper recognition. These portraits of 28 Virginia Revolutionary soldiers expand the historical record of those who can be called a “hero.” Whether as infantryman, cavalryman, marine, militiaman, spy, frontier fighter or staffer, all performed with distinction that contributed to victory. A strongman who performed superhuman feats during battle; a woman who fought as a soldier; a militiaman who sounded a fateful alarm—some gave their lives, others were terribly wounded, but all demonstrated heroism beyond the call of duty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786461301
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Harry M. Ward was William Binford Vest Professor of History Emeritus at University of Richmond. He was the author of 21 books, including college-level textbooks on Colonial America and the American Revolution, military biographies and studies of social aspects of the Revolution.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction: Virtute et Armis 4



MARINES

1. Alexander “Sawney” Dick 9



COAST GUARD

2. John “Jack” Cropper 24



CONTINENTAL INFANTRY

3. Richard Clough Anderson 29

4. John Chilton 34

5. Peter Francisco 39

6. Nathaniel Gist 45

7. William Grayson 50

8. William Heth 54

9. Josiah Parker 60

10. Richard Parker 65

11. Charles “Charley” Porterfield 69

12. Thomas Posey 74

13. Gustavus “Gusty” Brown Wallace 79



CONTINENTAL CAVALRY

14. George Baylor 83

15. Theodorick Bland, Jr 88

16. William Washington 94



CONTINENTAL ARTILLERY

17. Charles Harrison 102



MILITIA

18. James Innes 106

19. Robert Lawson 110

20. Edward Stevens 120

21. John “Jack” Jouett 130



STATE LEGION

22. Charles Dabney 135

23. Anna Maria Lane 139



OVERMOUNTAIN MEN

24. William Campbell 143

25. William Crawford 150



SPY

26. James Armistead Lafayette 155



QUARTERMASTER

27. Edward Carrington 160



COMMISSIONER OF WAR

28. William Davies 166



Appendix: Death of Charles Porterfield at the Battle of Camden 171

Notes 181

Bibliography 198

Index 213

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