McDONALD, DONALD. A major in the British army at the outbreak of the Revolution, this elderly veteran of Culloden saw action at Bunker Hill before being appointed by General Gage to recruit Loyalists in North Carolina. Promoted to brigadier general of militia, he figured prominently in the Loyalist defeat at Moores Creek Bridge, 27 February 1776, was paroled and later exchanged in Philadelphia. Continuing to serve until the end of the Revolution, he died shortly thereafter in London. American accounts generally spell his name as given above, but he himself signed as MacDonald.
SEE ALSO Moores Creek Bridge.
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