A Major-General in the army of the American revolution, was born in North Wales, and became an officer at the age of 11 years. Served at an early age in Canada; under Burgoyne in Portugal; and in the Polish army; killed an Italian officer in a duel; sailed for New York in 1773, and espoused the cause of liberty; and in 1775, received a commission from Congress with the rank of Major General. In 1776, he was invested with the command at New York, and afterwards with the chief command of the Southern Department. In December, 1776, he was made prisoner by the English, and remained such until the surrender of Burgoyne in 1777. In 1778, he was court-martialed for misconduct, and suspended for one year. He retired to a hovel in Virginia, living in entire seclusion, surrounded by his books and his dogs. In 1782, he went to reside in Philadelphia, where he died in obscurity in October of the same year. [P. 13.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.