Febiger, Christian, was born on the island of Fuenen, Denmark, in 1746. He was sent to a military school, and
then accompanied to Santa Cruz an uncle who had been appointed governor of that island. In 1772 he visited North
America, and the following year entered into commerce with the New England colonies. On April 28, 1775, he joined
a Massachusetts regiment, quickly rose to he adjutant, and was present at Bunker Hill, where he distinguished himself.
Accompanying Arnold on his expedition to Quebec. he was taken prisoner at the storming of that post. December,
1775, and was detained in Canada until September, 1776, when he was sent with other prisioners to New York. In
the meantime appointed lieutenant colonel of the Eleventh Virginia, he joined his regiment January 1, 1777, and
in September became colonel of the Second Virginia. He was in the campaign of Philadelphia. and the battle of Brandywine.
At Germantown he held the right; with 4,000 men and two guns at Monmouth he acquitted himself brilliantly; and
in the attack on Stony Point he commanded the right and personally captured the British commander. On September
1, 1780, Col. Febiger was ordered to Philadelphia, where he forwarded supplies to the army. Later, while in Virginia
on recruitilig duty, he assisted at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. retiring from active service, January 1,
1783, and was brevetted brigadier general. He settled in Philadelphia. engaging in business, becoming treasurer
of Pennsylvania, November 13, 1789, a position which he continued to hold the remainder of his life. He died in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. September 20, 1796.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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