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O'HARA, Charles, British soldier, born about 1730; died in Gibraltar, 21 February, 1802. He was appointed lieutenant and captain in the Coldstream guards in January, 1756, promoted lieutenant-colonel, February, 1762, colonel of the 2d Foot guards in August, 1777, and major-general, 19 October, 1797. He came to this country in 1780 in command of his regiment, served in Virginia, and commanded the vanguard in the pursuit of General Daniel Morgan after the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina, in 1781. He was severely wounded at the battle of Guilford, North Carolina, where he led the left wing of Cornwallis's army. He was afterward included in the surrender at Yorktown. He was again severely wounded at Toulon, France, in November, 1793. After being governor of several colonies, he was made lieutenant-governor of Gibraltar in 1795, and governor in 1797. He was a brave and enterprising soldier and a strict disciplinarian.
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