For Virginia and for Independence

Twenty-Eight Revolutionary War Soldiers from the Old Dominion

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About the Book

The phrase “American Revolutionary War Hero” usually brings to mind George Washington, John Paul Jones and other famous officers. Heroes, however, existed throughout the ranks during the Revolution, and many made their marks without ever receiving proper recognition. These portraits of 28 Virginia Revolutionary soldiers expand the historical record of those who can be called a “hero.” Whether as infantryman, cavalryman, marine, militiaman, spy, frontier fighter or staffer, all performed with distinction that contributed to victory. A strongman who performed superhuman feats during battle; a woman who fought as a soldier; a militiaman who sounded a fateful alarm—some gave their lives, others were terribly wounded, but all demonstrated heroism beyond the call of duty.

About the Author(s)

The late Harry M. Ward was William Binford Vest Professor of History Emeritus at University of Richmond. He was the author of 21 books, including college-level textbooks on Colonial America and the American Revolution, military biographies and studies of social aspects of the Revolution.

Bibliographic Details

Harry M. Ward
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 225
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6130-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8601-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction: Virtute et Armis      4

MARINES

1. Alexander “Sawney” Dick      9

COAST GUARD

2. John “Jack” Cropper      24

CONTINENTAL INFANTRY

3. Richard Clough Anderson      29

4. John Chilton      34

5. Peter Francisco      39

6. Nathaniel Gist      45

7. William Grayson      50

8. William Heth      54

9. Josiah Parker      60

10. Richard Parker      65

11. Charles “Charley” Porterfield      69

12. Thomas Posey      74

13. Gustavus “Gusty” Brown Wallace      79

CONTINENTAL CAVALRY

14. George Baylor      83

15. Theodorick Bland, Jr      88

16. William Washington      94

CONTINENTAL ARTILLERY

17. Charles Harrison      102

MILITIA

18. James Innes      106

19. Robert Lawson      110

20. Edward Stevens      120

21. John “Jack” Jouett      130

STATE LEGION

22. Charles Dabney      135

23. Anna Maria Lane            139

OVERMOUNTAIN MEN

24. William Campbell      143

25. William Crawford      150

SPY

26. James Armistead Lafayette      155

QUARTERMASTER

27. Edward Carrington      160

COMMISSIONER OF WAR

28. William Davies      166

Appendix: Death of Charles Porterfield at the Battle of Camden      171

Notes      181

Bibliography      198

Index      213

Book Reviews

“Ward provides depth, perspective and compassion as he pays tribute to the unsung heroes of the Revolution in this fact-filled, fast read”—Patriots of the American Revolution.