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Garth, George

Garth, George

GARTH, GEORGE. (1738?–1819). British general. The son of John Garth, a member of Parliament, he entered the First Regiment of Footguards in September 1755 and was made colonel in February 1779. As a "local" brigadier general he commanded a division in the Connecticut Coast Raid, July 1779, and was second-in-command to Governor William Tryon. Sailing from New York to take command in Georgia, he was captured by the French in October 1779. After being exchanged he was promoted to major general in 1782 and served in the West Indies. He became a full general in 1801.

SEE ALSO Connecticut Coast Raid; Savannah, Georgia (9 October 1779).

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