GOULD, PASTON. (?–1783). British commander in the South. On 16 October 1755, Gould became a captain in the Twenty-third Foot (an infantry regiment). He became major of the Sixty-eighth Foot on 1 March 1762, and lieutenant colonel of the Thirtieth Foot on 28 March 1764. On 29 August 1777 he was promoted to the rank of colonel. Colonel Gould reached Charleston on 3 June 1781 with reinforcements from Ireland. From that time until the arrival of Lieutenant General Alexander Leslie on 8 November 1781, Gould was the senior British officer in the south. General Henry Clinton gave Gould the local rank of brigadier general upon his arrival in America, and by the time he led reinforcements to join Colonel Alexander Stewart at Monck's Corner on 12 September, he had been given the local rank of major general. Gould was invalided out of the service in 1782, and died the next year.
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