Francis Nash 


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Nash, FRANCIS, military officer; born in Prince Edward county, Virginia, May 10, 1720; brother of Abner Nash, governor of North Carolina; became clerk of the Superior Court of Orange county, North Carolina; and was a captain, under the crown, on service under Governor Tryon against the Regulators. He was a member of the Provincial Congress of North Carolina in 1775, and was appointed by that body a lieutenant-colonel. In February, 1777, he was promoted to brigadier-general in the Continental army. Joining George Washington before the battle at the Brandywine (September 11, 1777), he participated in that action, and also at Germantown (October 4), where he was mortally wounded, and died October 7.



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