Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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part of that state, he was one of the commissioners, joined with others appointed by Congress, who proceeded to the scene of the revolt, with terms of settlement; and when the overtures of the commissioners were rejected, he was placed at the head of the Pennsylvania militia which marched against the insurgents. When these disturbances were brought to a close, General Irvine, now at an advanced age, removed to Philadelphia, where he held the office of intendent of military stores, and was president of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati until his death, which took place in the summer of 1804, when he was in the sixty-third year of his age.


GEORGE WEEDON was a native of Virginia, and before the Revolution was an innkeeper at Fredericksburg. Dr. Smyth, an Englishman who published, in London, in 1784, a very clever book of travels in America, observes that he put up at the house of Weedon, "who was then very active and zealous in blowing the flames of sedition." General Mercer was then a physican and apothecary in the same village. Weedon was appointed a brigadier-general on the 21st of February, 1777. While the army was at Valley Forge he retired from the service on account of some difficulty respecting rank with General Woodford. In 1781 he was with the Virginia militia at Gloucester, in that state, but he never distinguished himself, nor was intrusted with a separate command.


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