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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Brief Biography of Sir Thomas Musgrave, a British Officer 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.

I previously have posted a brief biography of Musgrave to the Historic Pelham Blog. See:

Monday, October 30, 2006: Brief Biographical Data About Sir Thomas Musgrave, British Lieutenant Colonel Wounded at the Battle of Pelham on October 18, 1776.

Today's posting transcribes another such biography of Musgrave that appeared in Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography. The text appears below, followed by a citation to its source.

"MUSGRAVE, Sir Thomas, British soldier, b. in 1737; d. in London, 31 Dec., 1812. He was captain of the 64th regiment, brevet major in 1772, and lieutenant-colonel of the 40th regiment on 28 Aug., 1776, in which year he accompanied Gen. Howe to this country. He was wounded in the battle of Pelham Manor, 18 Oct., 1776, and at Germantown, 4 Oct., 1777, saved the day by throwing himself with five companies into the Chew house, where he successfully held the American forces at bay until the British columns rallied. He became colonel and aide-de-camp to the king and brigadier-general in 1782, major-general in September, 1790, and general in April, 1802."

Source: Wilson, James Grant & Fiske, John, eds., Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. IV Lodge-Pickens, p. 471 (NY, NY: D. Appleton and Company 1900).

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