BROWNE, MONTFORT. Governor of New Providence, the Bahamas, (1774–1780), he surrendered Fort Nassau to Commodore Esek Hopkins of the Continental navy on 3 March 1776 and was taken prisoner. Six months later he and Major Cortlandt Skinner were exchanged for General William Alexander. Made a brigadier general, Browne subsequently raised Browne's Corps, known officially as the Prince of Wales Loyal American Volunteers. It saw action in the raid on Danbury and in Rhode Island.
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