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Monday, October 30, 2006

Brief Biographical Data About Sir Thomas Musgrave, British Lieutenant Colonel Wounded at the Battle of Pelham on October 18, 1776

Sir Thomas Musgrave became a general in the British army in the 18th century. He fought in the Battle of Pelham, apparently as a Lieutenant-Colonel. He was wounded during that battle.

Below is brief biographical information about Sir Thomas Musgrave published in 1879.

"MUSGRAVE, SIR THOMAS. 5th bart., a British gen., b. 1738; d. Dec. 31, 1812. Capt. 64th Regt. 1759; brev. major 1772; lieut-col. 40th Regt. Aug. 28, 1776; col. and aide-de-camp to the king 1782; brig.-gen in Amer. 1782; maj.-gen. 1790; gen. 1802. He was wounded at the battle of Pelham Manor, Oct. 18, 1776. At the battle of Germantown, Oct. 4, 1777, he saved the day by throwing himself with 5 companies into Chew's stone house, where he successfully held the Amer. forces at bay until the repulsed British columns could rally: and the Americans were compelled to abandon the field on which they came so near success."

Source: Drake, Francis S., Dictionary of American Biography, Including Men of the Time; Containing Nearly Ten Thousand Notices of Persons of Both Sexes, Of Native and Foreign Birth Who Have Been Remarkable or Prominently Connected with the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Politics, or History of the American Continent. Giving Also the Pronunciation of Many of the Foreign and Peculiar American Names, a Key to the Assumed Names of Writers, and a Supplement, pp. 649-50 (Boston, MA: Houghton, Osgood & Company, 1879).

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