ELBERT, Samuel, a Delegate from Georgia; born in Prince William Parish, S.C., in
1740; engaged in mercantile business in Savannah, Ga.; captain of a grenadier
company in 1774; member of the council on safety in 1775; lieutenant colonel in
1776 and later the same year made a colonel of a battalion of Continental
troops; commanded a brigade under General Ashe at the battle of Briar Creek,
S.C.; taken prisoner but was exchanged and took part in the battle of Yorktown;
promoted to brigadier general in 1783; elected as a Delegate to the Continental
Congress January 9, 1784, but declined to serve; Governor of Georgia in 1785
and appointed major general of militia; died in Savannah, Ga., November 1,
1788; interment in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga.
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The Life and Services of the Honorable Maj. Gen. Samuel Elbert of
Georgia. 1887. Reprint, New York: W. Abbatt, 1911.