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Label
1779
Inclusive dates
1779
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letters, 1779, from General George Weedon (1734-1793), Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Colonel Walter Stewart (1756-1796) consisting of: letter, 22 March 1779, discussing social life in Fredericksburg, Stewart and the ladies, and masonry; letter, 18 May 1779, detailing the incursions of the British Army into Virginia and describing its movements on Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Smithfield, Virginia, and movements of British ships in the James River, Rappahannock River, and Chesapeake Bay, noting the lack of provisions for Virginia forces; and contemplating the British Army's next moves; and letter, 3 November 1779, commenting on the military campaign in the Northern and Southern colonies. Weedon believed the British raids discussed in his letter of 18 May 1779 were commanded by General Wilhelm von Knyphausen (1716-1800), but they were commanded by General Edward Mathew (1729-1805). There are photostat copies of the letters, as well as photocopies
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Biographical or historical data
George Weedon was born in late 1734 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Weedon was appointed an ensign in the Virginia militia during the French and Indian War and rose to the rank of lieutenant in 1757 and to the rank of captain lieutenant in 1762. After the war, he moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, and married Catharine Gordon (d. 1797). He operated a tavern in Fredericksburg. Weedon was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the 3rd Virginia Regiment in January 1776 and received a commission in the continental army 13 February 1776. He was promoted to colonel in June 1776. In August 1776, he and his troops joined the continental army in New York. Appointed a brigadier general 21 February 1777, Weedon served with the army until retiring because of a dispute in rank and for his health. He was recalled to active duty in 1780 to organize and command troops in Virginia. He served at the siege of Yorktown, Virginia. After the war, Weedon returned to Fredericksburg and operated his tavern. Active in local politics, he served on Fredericksburg's council and as its mayor. Weedon died 23 December 1793 in Fredericksburg.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Letters
Location of originals duplicates
New York Historical Society,
Label
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
18
Immediate source of acquisition
Ward, Harry M., Dr.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000488057
Reproduction note
Photocopies.
Terms governing use
Do not photocopy.
Type of unit
leaves.

Library Locations

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