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Gen William Thompson
Birth: Jul. 5, 1736, Ireland
Death: Sep. 3, 1781
Carlisle
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

American Revolutionary War Brigadier General. After emigrating to the British Colonial America from Ireland, he served as a captain in the Kittanning Expedition of the British Province of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War (or Seven Years War). After the American Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, he became a colonel of a rifle battalion in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment (the first colonel commissioned in the Continental Army) and sent to the British Colony of Massachusetts to aid in the defense of Boston. In November 1775 his forces repelled an attempted landing by British troops and he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. The following June he was sent to Canada to reinforce American troops there and was captured by the British during an attack at Trois-Rivieres in Quebec. He was paroled but remained a captive for four years before finally being exchanged for Hessian Army officer Baron Friedrich Adolf Riedesel in 1780. He then returned to his home near Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he died at the age of 45. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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  Mary Thompson Read*
 
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Burial:
Old Graveyard
Carlisle
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Geoff Walden
Record added: Sep 17, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5773893
Gen William Thompson
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Gen William Thompson
Added by: Geoff Walden
 
Gen William Thompson
Added by: Geoff Walden
 
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Thank you for your military service during the American Revolutionary War. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Dec. 7, 2015
with Love, in memory of my 10th great grandfather.
- Annabelle
 Added: Jun. 30, 2015
With honor and respect. ★☆★
- sniksnak
 Added: Sep. 3, 2014
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