Washington and His Generals - Vol. 2

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XIX.
MAJOR GENERAL ST. CLAIR.

Serves in the English Army--Appointed Colonel by Congress--Sent to Canada--Battle of Princeton--Evacuation of Ticonderoga-- Bravery of Francis and Warner--Review of St. Clair's movements --Appointed Governor of the Northwestern Territory--Commands the Expedition against the Indians--The utter Rout and Slaughter of his Army--His Character.

ARTHUR ST. CLAIR was born in Edinburgh, in 1734. Nothing is known of his boyhood; but when twenty- one years of age, he came to this country with Admiral Boscawen, and received an ensign's commission in the English army, then operating against the French in Canada. He was with Wolfe in that bold night- march up the heights of Quebec, and saw with delight the unrolling of standards on the plains of Abraham. He himself carried a banner in the battle, and heard the victorious shout which recalled for a moment the departing spirit of Wolfe. He soon rose to the rank of lieutenant; but at the close of the war sold his commission, and entered into trade. Not succeeding well, he threw up his business, and after being buffeted about by fortune for several years, finally settled in Ligonier valley, west of the Alleghany mountains, where he had formerly commanded an English fort

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