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Major General Adam Stephen and the cause of American liberty
Ward, Harry M.
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Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1989.
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xi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Central Library E207.S798 W37 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Dr. Adam Stephen, a physician and Scottish emigrant, became a leading military figure, commanding Virginia troops during the French and Indian War and in the Continental army during the northern campaigns of the American Revolution.

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Stephen (1721?-1791), a Scotsman who arrived in Virginia in 1748, was a physician, farmer-cattleman, public servant, and soldier during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. It was in the struggle for American freedom that Stephen left his mark, commanding units ranging in size from a regiment to a division. He might have been remembered in history as one of George Washington's underlings, but, possessing a violent temperament and frequently at odds with Washington, Stephen was dismissed from service after the Battle of Germantown for conduct unbecoming an officer--he was thought to have been drunk during the engagement. Despite this stigma, Stephen afterward played an important role in his state, supporting the adoption of the Constitution and founding the community of Martinsburg, now in West Virginia. Ward, a scholar with an impressive record of research and writing in early American history, has written a thorough and long-overdue book. College, university, and public libraries. -C. L. Egan, University of Houston

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