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About Brigadier-General Robert Porterfield
A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor # A091366
According to the "The Porterfields": "Robert Porterfield, known as General Porterfield, was also highly distinguished in the Revolutionary Army. His military service, as recorded at the War Department and given in Heitman's "Historical Register" of the officers of the Continental Army, was as follows: 2nd Lieutenant, 11th VA, Dec. 24th, 1776 1st Lieutenant, June 1st, 1776 Adjutant, April 19, 1776 transferred to 7th Virginia, Sept 14, 1778 Captain Lieutenant, July 2nd, 1779 of the Seventh Virginia Regiment. He commanded a company, and was taken prisoner at Charleston, 1780, and when exchanged served to the close of the war. Transferred to 2nd Virginia, Feb 12, 1781
After the Revolutionary War, he settled in Augusta County, Virginia, on October 8th, 1784, purchasing a fine estate below Waynesboro, on South River, which he called "Soldier's Retreat."
Robert, soldier, born in Frederick county, Virginia, 22 February, 1752; died in Augusta county, Virginia, 13 February, 1843, was appointed a lieutenant in Captain Peter B. Bruin's company of Continental troops in Winchester, Virginia, in 1776, served in Colonel Daniel Morgan's regiment through the campaigns of 1777-'9, the last year was aide to General William Woodford, and was in the battles of the Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. He accompanied General Woodford to the south in December, 1779, and participated in the siege of Charleston, South Carolina, where he was surrendered a prisoner of war in May, 1780. He was appointed a brigadier-general of Virginia militia during the war of 1812, and commanded at Camp Holly, Virginia General Porterfield was a county magistrate for more than fifty years, and was twice high-sheriff.
Brigadier-General Robert Porterfield's Timeline
February 22, 1751
Frederick, VA, USA
April 13, 1798
Staunton, VA, USA
February 13, 1843
Waynesboro, Waynesboro, VA, USA
Staunton, Staunton, VA, USA