John Harris Cruger

Plaque

Plaque to John Harris Cruger in St James, Hampstead

Hampstead (Middlesex)

Built 1st Jan 1807

Description

TO THE MEMORY OF LEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN HARRIS CRUGER late of Russel Place FITZROY SQUARE

who departed this Life June 3rd. 1807 aged 60 [sic: in fact 69] years and is interred in the Vault under this Building He had been an Inhabitant of the City of New York in North America and at the commencement of the Rebellion (disregarding all personal Considerations) he took up Arms in support of the Rights of this country. In the course of that War he distinguished himself in the Defence of the important Post of ninety six in SOUTH CAROLINA which he maintained with about 300 Provincial Forces without Cannon against a Force of 7000 Men with a numerous Train of Artillery

He also distinguished himself most brilliantly in the Action of the Eutwas where he rallied a portion of the Troops that had left the Field, attacked the Enemy, recovered from them the Artillery they had taken and persued them until recalled by superior Orders.

By a rapid and unexampled March he relieved the Garrison of Fort Augusta which at the time was besieged and in most imminent Danger. And on every Occasion where he could exert himself he displayed a Zeal, Intrepidity and good Conduct which procured him the Approbation and Friendship of his Commander in Chief, the late MARQUIS CORNWALLIS and all the officers of Distinction with whom he served

To his Gallantry and good Conduct as a Soldier were added every Virtue that could adorn a Christian and a Gentleman in social Life, which has been fully testified by the Feelings expressed at his Death by all those to whom he was known

This short Memorial is placed here by his truly disconsolate Widow

¶A plain stone tablet (5 ft. by 3 ft.).

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