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EGGLESTON, Joseph, soldier, born in Amelia County, Virginia, 24 November 1754; died there, 13 February 1811. He was graduated at William and Mary in 1776, and soon afterward joined the Revolutionary army serving in the cavalry. In the southern campaign against Colonel Tarleton, Captain Eggleston commanded the rear guard of Colonel Henry Lee's legion, and acquired the name of being one of the most efficient officers in the American cavalry. He was distinguished in the engagement at Guilford Court House in March 1781, and in the siege of Augusta in June of that year. The first success in the battle of Eutaw, in September 1781, was the attack by Major Eggleston on the advance of the British forces. After the war he was a member of the Virginia assembly for several years, and was also a representative in congress from Virginia, serving from 3 December 1798, till 3 March 1801.
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