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BAYLOR, George, soldier, born in Newmarket, Virginia, 12 January 1752; died in Bridgetown, Barbadoes, W. I., in March 1784. He served continuously throughout the revolutionary war, beginning with his appointment, 15 August 1775, as aide-de-camp to General Washington. He participated in the surprise of the Hessians at Trenton, carried the news of the victory to congress, and was presented by that body with a horse, and advanced to the rank of colonel in the dragoons, 8 January 1777. During the following year (17 September 1778) his command was surprised near Tappan at midnight by a British force under General Grey, who killed sixty-seven of his men and captured the remainder, including Colonel Baylor. Later he rejoined the colonial forces, and served with them until the end of the war, after which he continued for some time in command of the Virginian cavalry. The winter of 1783-'4 he spent in the West Indies on account of his health, being a great sufferer from a bayonet-wound through the lungs, received at Tappan.
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