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ROSS, Alexander, British soldier, born in Scotland in 1742; died in London, 29 November, 1827. He entered the army as an ensign in the 50th foot in February, 1760, served in Germany, came to this country as a captain in May, 1775, and was present at the principal battles of the war of the Revolution. He became brevet major in 1781, was aide-de-camp to Lord Cornwallis, and represented him as commissioner to arrange the details of the surrender of Yorktown. He afterward served as deputy adjutant-general in Scotland, went thence to India, and served in a similar capacity while Cornwallis commanded in that country. He attained the rank of general, 1 January, 1812.--His son, CHARLES, published "Correspondence of Charles, First Marquis Cornwallis; Edited with Notes" (London, 3 vols., 1859). This work throws much light on the services of the marquis in this country.
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