First among the youth of Virginia, who hastened to the standard of his country, on the rupture between Great Britain and her colonies, and, as captain of infantry at York Island and in New Jersey he shared the difficulties, the danger and the glories of that period; in the attack at Trenton he received a musket ball through his hand. With the rank of major he returned to South Carolina where he served with General Lincoln and experienced, with some flashes of good fortune, two severe blows. As Lieuteuant Colonel under Brigadier General Morgan, he was highly useful and carried by an extraordinary stratagem the fort at Rudgley's. At the battle of the Cowpens, he acquired fresh laurels and greatly assisted in embarrassing the British in their attempts to force Green to battle and cut off his supplies. He was distinguished throughout the arduous campaign of 1781, always at his post, decided, firm and brave, courting danger and contemning difficulty; and bore a principal part in the battles of Guilford, Hobkick's Hill and Eutew, where he was made prisoner. [P. 22.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.