Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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secution of claims against the government, which were generally believed to be just, but were barred by technicalities; and then, despairing and broken hearted, he sought a shelter in the family of a widowed daughter, who like himself was in the most abject destitution. At length the state of Pennsylvania, from considerations of personal respect and gratitude for his past services, settled on him an annuity of three hundred dollars, and this was soon after raised to six hundred and fifty, which secured to him a comfortable subsistence for the brief remainder of his life. The venerable and unfortunate soldier died at Greensburg, from an injury received while riding near that village, on the 31st of August, 1818, in his eighty-fourth year; and in a few days afterwards his widow, who for many years had been partially deranged, died at about the same age. An obelisk has been placed over his remains, inscribed: "A humble monument, which is erected to supply the place of a nobler one due from his country."


SAMUEL ELBERT of Georgia entered the army as a lieutenant-colonel in 1776. He was engaged in the expedition against East Florida, and acted gallantly at the head of a brigade in the action at Brier creek, on the second of March, 1779, when he was taken prisoner. He was brevetted brigadier-general on the 3d of November, 1783. In 1786 he was governor of Georgia, and he died at Savannah, in that state, on the 3d of November, 1788, aged forty-five years.


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