Captain George Rogers Clark1752-1818
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Clark was an American frontiersman and soldier. He was a surveyor when the Revolution began. In 1777, Clark became a Lt. Colonel in the Virginia militia. He was noted for his service in maintaining control of land west of the Appalachian Mountains. After the war, Clark supervised settlement of the Northwest Territory
General Henry Clinton1738-1795
Commander-in-Chief of British army during the American Revolution. Only son of Admiral George Clinton, Governor of Newfoundland. Arrived in Boston in 1775 with Gen. Howe and Gen. Burgoyne to join Gen. Gage. After accessing the dismal conditions in Boston, he designed military plans that were refused by Gage, then Commander-in-Chief. At the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775, Clinton refused to follow instructions for the final attack, contributing to the British victory.
In 1775 he received the rank of Lt. General, becoming second in command to Howe, who had replaced Gage as Commander-in-Chief. Becoming a full General in 1776, he joined Howe and was thought to be the strategist behind the Battle of Long Island. General Howe refused to execute many of Clinton's plans, causing him to return home and consider resigning from his post. In 1778, Clinton replaced Howe as Commander-in-Chief of the British army.
The Charleston Expedition of 1780 is thought to be his greatest accomplishment and the only solid British victory of the war.
Descendant of old English ancestry. Served in the English government from 1760 to 1769. Sailed for America in 1776 as commander of 2500 men assigned to join General Clinton for troop operation in the South.
Many have claimed him responsible for the British defeat due to his poor judgment in the Carolinas and Virginia leading to his trapment at Yorktown. Cornwallis surrendered on October 19, 1781 bringing an end to the American Revolution.
General Richard Montgomery1738-1775
Son of an Irish M.P., he was educated in Dublin. At age 18 he elected a career in the military. He immigrated to America and settled in New York in 1773.
June, 1775 he left his wife and farm accepting a commission as Continental Brigadier General. He was second in command to General Schuyler in the Canada Invasion. He was killed in the attack on Quebec.
General Daniel Morgan1736-1802
Continental General born in New Jersey. First cousin of Daniel Boone. Morgan served in the French and Indian War. Commissioned captain in the Continental army during the Revolution, Morgan accompanied Benedict Arnold in 1775 on military action in Quebec. Taken prisoner of war, he was exchanged in 1776 and received the rank of colonel.
Morgan joined Washington and raised troops for service in New Jersey prior to winning major victories at Saratoga in 1777. He resigned in July 1779 due to ill heath, but was called back to service in 1780 as brigadier general. Morgan's most noted victory was against Col. Tarleton on January 17, 1781 at Cowpens, South Carolina.
Col. William Moultrie1730-1805
Son of an English physician, Moultrie came from an affluent background. His interest in the military had its origin while serving under Lt. Col. James Grant in the Cherokee expedition of 1761. He was elected to the 1st Continental Congress but did not serve.
Moultrie became a national hero in 1776 during the Charleston Expedition. He defended Fort Sullivan, which later was re-named in his honor
Appointed Continental Brigadier General in 1777. Prisoner of war during the Charleston Expedition of 1780. 1782 he became the last officer appointed to Continental Major General. Most noted for military operations in S. Carolina and Georgia during the war.