Biography of William Campbell
Prominent Persons in Virginia, Biographies

Campbell, William, born in Augusta county, Virginia, about 1745, and was of Scotch origin. He received a liberal education, and early displayed a taste for military matters. He was made a captain in the first regiment of regular troops raised in Virginia. in 1773. In 1776 he resigned, on account of the exposure of his family to Indian attacks, and returned to Washington county, where he was made lieutenant colonel of militia, and succeeded Evan Shelby in the coloney. With this rank he continued until after the battle of Kings Mountain (of which he was the hero), and Guilford, when the Virginia legislature made him brigadier-general, with which rank he joined Lafayette. He became a favorite of that general, who gave him command of a brigade of light infantry and riflemen. A few weeks before the siege of Yorktown, illness obliged him to retire to the home of a friend, where he died, in his thirty-sixth year. The Virginia legislature voted him a horse, sword and pistols, for his conduct at Kings Mountain, and named a county in his honor. He married Sarah, sister of Patrick Henry.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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