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William Alexander
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William "Lord Stirling" Alexander, Portrait by Bass Otis. The whole country deplored the loss of so brave and energetic an officer, and the State of New Jersey, most especially, one of its firmest patriots. Congress, upon being notified of his death, passed, the following resolution: " That the President signify to the Commander-in-Chief in a manner most respectful to the memory of the late Major-General the Earl of Stirling, the sense Congress entertains of the early and meritorious exertions of that General in the common cause, and of the bravery, perseverance and military talents he possessed; which, having fixed their esteem for him while living, induce a proportionate regret for the loss of an officer who has rendered such constant and important service to his country." "Father of his Country" writes as follows: "It only remains, then, as a small but just tribute to the memory of Lord Stirling, to express how deeply I share the common affliction, on being deprived of the public and professional assistance, as well as the private friendship, of an officer of so high rank, with whom I had lived in the strictest habits of amity; and how much those military merits of his Lordship, which rendered him respected in his lifetime, are now regretted by the whole army." As an eminent author has remarked: "The man thus spoken of by Washington needs no other epitaph or monument."
Added by: Joseph Lehe
2/07/2006
 
 

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