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ABERCROMBY, Sir Robert, British soldier. born in October, 1740; died near Stifling, Scotland, 3 November, 1827. He served in Canada throughout the French war, and as colonel of a regiment during" the war of the revolution. He led the expedition that destroyed American shipping in the Delaware in May, 1778, surprised General Lacey at Crooked Billet, Pennsylvania, was wounded at Monmouth, and led a sortie from Yorktown, capturing two batteries. He was promoted major general in 1790, served in India, succeeding Cornwallis as commander-in-chief in 1793, and was made a general in 1802.
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