General Alexander Leslie


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Leslie, ALEXANDER, military officer; born in England about 1740; came to Boston with General Howe in 1775; was made a major in June, 1759; a lieutenant-colonel in 1762; and was a brigadier-general when he came to America. In the battle of Long Island, in 1776, he commanded the light infantry, and was in the battle of Harlem Plains in September, and of White Plains in October following. General Leslie accompanied Sir Henry Clinton against Charleston in April and May, 1780. In October he took possession of Portsmouth, Va., with 3,000 troops, but soon hastened to join Cornwallis in the Carolinas, which he did in December. In the battle of Guilford, he commanded the right wing. General Leslie was in command at Charleston at the close of hostilities. He died in England, Dec. 27, 1794.



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