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William was highly educated. His parents hoped he would become a minister.
Information about this person can be found in a three-part article entitled "Descendents of Two John Washingtons" appearing The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 22, pages 211-14, 328-30, and 437-38.
However, with the Colonies in rebellion, he decided to serve in the military. He started in 1775 as a captain in the Stafford County Virginia Minutemen.
In 1776 he transferred to the Third Virginia Regiment.
In the Battle of Harlem Heights he was wounded.
In the Battle of Trenton, where he fought against Hessian troops, he captured cannons and wounded in the hand.
He transferred to the cavalry in January 1777 and was made a Major with the Fourth Light Dragoons. There was a near massacre of that group in New Jersey in Sept. 1778.
William was promoted to Lt. Colonel and the command of the Third Light Dragoons in Nov. 1778.
He was transferred to the southern colonies and to do battle with the formidable British Lt Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Green Dragoons in March 1780 in South Carolina.
Through May 1780 it was battle after battle pushing each side. Through December 1780, Washington and Tarleton battled. After a strong victory at Hammond's Hill by Washington and General Morgan, Tarleton was ordered to chase them down at all costs.
The Battle of Cowpens on Jan. 27, 1781 would be major turning point. An attack on Tarleton caused him to retreat but Washington and his forces chased them. A personal hand-to-hand sword battle between Tarleton and Washington occurred. Tarleton's hand was cut and a shot by Tarleton's pistol grazed Washington's knee and wounded his horse.
By March and April 1781 there were a couple of additional defeats of Major Greene and Lt. Colonel Washington. The Sept. 8, 1781 Battle of Eutaw Springs would be William Washington's last. His horse was shot out from under him. While laying under the horse a British soldier bayoneted him.
As a captured Lt. Colonel, he remained a British prisoner for the remainder of the war in Charleston, South Carolina, until about Dec. 1782 when the British left Charleston.
After the war William settled in South Carolina, became a farmer and horse breeder. He served in the state legislature from 1787 to 1804.
Later served on the staff of George Washington in 1798 as a Brigadier General and helped to protect South Carolina and Georgia.
- Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed July 29, 2015), "Record of William Washington", Ancestor # A122015.
- DAR Lineage Book (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1898) Vol. 6, Page 146: "In 1779 he joined the Dragoons in the South, and to him Col. Rudgely surrendered without resistant by the stratagem of a "Quaker Gun." For bravery at Cowpens he was presented with a medal by Congress."
On 15 Nov 2008 Alice Luckhardt wrote:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1791 - William and Jane entertained President Geo. Washington at their SC home.
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On 6 Jan 2009 at 05:03 GMT jane McManus wrote:
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