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Charles Porterfield 1750-1780 Rev. War hero
Posted by: Ron Harper Date: September 27, 2001 at 23:35:52
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Has anyone collected information on Charles Porterfield 1750-1780? Born Frederick Co, VA, died at the Battle of Camden, S.C. He was a Sgt, then Lt. Col. in the Revolutionary War. A brother to General Robert Porterfield of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 fame. Son of Charles Porterfield 1714-1778.

I have started collecting information, but need to get it in chronological order. Seems he was a hero at a battle in Quebec as a Sgt, captured, paroled, joined back up as an officer, wounded and captured after saving the day at a battle at Camden, S.C. A musket ball shattered his leg, was carried from the battlefield by a private and placed in the woods. The private went for help, but Charles was captured before help arrived. Had to borrow money for treatment of his wound from the English that was holding him prisoner. Was finally released and then later died from his wound. A bill was finally passed in Congress to pay back his debts to the English. A very interesting story can be written about Charles. Hope I have time some day to put all the bits and pieces together. The history books in the early 1800's thought highly of him.


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