Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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arms of Major George Lewis, a fellow-citizen of his beloved Virginia, and nephew of Washington.

Nor was his dying bed a bed of utter desolation. The house whither the wounded soldier was carried was tenanted, during that day, by two delicate females, who, wearing the garb and professing the principles of peace, -were too brave to fly from the field of battle, or the bed of death. While the conflict raged around their humble dwelling, these two tender, helpless women, lost no confidence in the protection which the God of innocence rarely withholds -- and when the dying warrior was brought to their threshold and left beneath their roof, their ministering charities were ready to soothe his solitary anguish and smooth the passage to the grave. One of these American women of better times has died near Princeton within the last few years, aged upwards of ninety years. It was part of her household story that she had watched the deathbed of a soldier of the Revolution.


BRIGADIER-GENERAL JOHN ARMSTRONG.

IN giving the history of General Mercer the character of John Armstrong is sketched so fully*that we have here to add but a few dates. He resided in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, during the French war, and in 1756 marched with two hundred and fifty provincials from Fort Shirley to Kittanning, on the Allegheny, the rendezvous of a large party of hostile Indians, which he destroyed. On the first of March, 1776, he was appointed a brigadier-general in the continental service; on the 17th of February, 1777, was ordered to the southern department; and on the 4th of April left the army on account of dissatisfaction in regard to rank. Ile subsequently commanded the Pennsylvania militia at Brandywine and Germantown. He was in Congress in 1778 and 1787, and died at an advanced age in Carlisle, on the 9th of March, 1795.

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Ante, p. 218.

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