Porterfield, Robert, was born in Frederick county, Virginia. February 22, 1752, brother of Charles Porterfield
(q. v.). He was appointed second lieutenant in the Eleventh Virginia Regiment. December 24, 1776; served in Col.
Daniel Morgan's Company through the campaigns of 1777-79; was promoted first lieutenant. June 1, 1777; adjutant.
April 19, 1778: was transferred to the Seventh Virginia Regiment. September 14, 1778, and served as aide to Gen.
William Woodford, 1778-79, taking part in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. He was promoted captain
lieutenant, July 2, 1779; captain. August 16, 1779, and in December, 1779, accompanied Gen. William Woodford to
Charleston, South Carolina, where he took part in the defense of that city, and on its fall surrendered as a prisoner
of war, May 12, 1780. He was exchanged and transferred to the Second Virginia Regiment. February 2. 1781, where
he served until the end of the war. He was married to Rebecca Farrer, of Amelia county; removed to Augusta county,
Virginia, in 1783, and settled on a farm which he called Soldier's Retreat." He was a brigadier general in
the Virginia militia during the war of 1812. He was justice of the peace for half a century, and served as high
sheriff for two terms. He died in Augusta county, Virginia, February 13, 1843.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
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