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 Mordecai Gist

Mordecai Gist

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 2 Aug 1792 (aged 50)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 4471 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Continental Army Brigadier General. Born the son of Thomas and Susanna Gist in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1774, with his personal fortune, Gist established the Baltimore independent company, which became the Maryland 5th Infantry. In 1776 he was appointed major in the regular army and served in action in the north. In January, 1779, congress appointed him a brigadier-general in the continental army, and he took the command of the 2nd Maryland brigade. In 1779 he was transferred to the Southern campaign, and distinguished himself at the Battle of Camden in South Carolina. In 1781, at the head of a Light Corps he was present at the siege and capture of Yorktown. In 1782, he rallied the Americans under Laurens at the battle of the Combahee, and gained a decisive victory. After the war he retired to a plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. He married three times and had two sons, Independent and States, and a daughter, Susanna. Gist served as the first Vice President of the Maryland Society of the Cincinnati. He died at the age of 49 at his home and was buried in the Church Yard of Old Saint Michael's Episcopal Church.

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TO THE MEMORY OF
GEN. MORDECAI GIST

WHILE IN COMMAND OF THE FIRST MARYLAND BATTALION, HE SO VALIENTLY COVERED THE RETREAT OF THE AMERICAN FORCES AT THE BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND AUG. 1776 THAT HIS TROOPS BECAME KNOWN AS THE BAYONETS OF THE REVOLUTION

A TRIBUTE FROM THE MARYLAND SOCIETY SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

ERECTED 1919


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  • Added: 3 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4471
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mordecai Gist (22 Feb 1742–2 Aug 1792), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4471, citing Saint Michaels Church Cemetery, Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .