Biography of Edward Stevens
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Stevens, Edward, was born in Culpeper county, in 1745. He participated as major of militia in the battle of Great Bridge, December 9, 1775. and in the summer of 1776 was made colonel of the Tenth Virginia Regiment. In 1777 he was ordered to join Washington's army in New Jersey, and at the battle of Brandywine bore the brunt of Gen. William Howe's assault. Subsequently taking a gallant part in the battle of Germantown, he was advanced by congress to the rank of brigadier general. He spent the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge, and in August, 1780, was transferred to the southern army under Gen. Gates, opening with a brigade of Virginia militia, the battle of Camden, and by his bravery being instrumental in preventing a disastrous rout of the American forces. He served under Gen. Greene at the battle of Guilford Courthouse, where he was badly wounded, and for the bravery which he displayed on that occasion was warmly praised by Gen. Greene. He then rejoined Washington, with whom he participated in the siege of Yorktown. From 1782 until 1790 he was a member of the Virginia senate. He died in Culpeper county, Virginia, August 17, 1820.

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

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