Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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them death threatened their approach, and behind them were only the stern marks of their passage. They gained the victory, but their thinned ranks and the fallen bodies of their comrades strewing the field told how dearly.

Towards the close of the war Williams was made a brigadier-general. Soon afterwards he received the appointment of collector of customs for the state of Maryland. This lucrative office he subsequently received under the federal government, and held it until his death, which took place on the 16th of July, 1794, at the age of fortysix years. This early decease was caused by his sufferings while a prisoner in the hands of the British, and his exposure while at the south.


STEPHEN MOYLAN was a native of Ireland, and was residing in Pennsylvania at the beginning of the Revolution. He was among the first to hasten to the camp at Cambridge, and being a man of education and gentlemanly address, he was selected by Washington on the 5th of March, 1776, to be one of his aides-de-camp, and on the 5th of the following June, at his recommendation, was appointed commissary-general. The want of exact business habits rendered him unfit for the commissary department, and he soon resigned this place to enter the line of the army, as a volunteer. In the beginning of 1777 he commanded a regiment of dragoons; on the 4th of October in the same year he was at Germantown; in the winter following he was at Valley Forge; in 1779 he was on the Hudson and in Connecticut; on the 20th of July, 1780, accompanied Wayne on the expedition to Bull's Ferry; and in 1781 was sent with the Pennsylvania troops to join General Greene, in the south. He was made brigadiergeneral, by brevet, on the 3d of November, 1783.


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