PATTISON, JAMES. (1724–1805). British general. An artillery officer, he was promoted to colonel on 25 April 1777 and reached New York on 24 September 1777 with the "local rank" of brigadier general. Clinton promoted him to major general on 19 February 1779. After assisting General James Paterson in the operations against Stony Point and Verplancks Point on 1 June 1779, he won the praise of Clinton for his work in organizing a local militia for the defense of New York City. Although Pattison served as commandant of New York City during most if not all of his time in America, he also commanded a brigade in the field operations during June 1779. On 4 September 1780 he sailed from New York to England with the fleet that took Governor Tryon home.
SEE ALSO Paterson, James.
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