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COVINGTON, Leonard, soldier, born in Aquasco, Maryland, 30 October, 1768; died in French Mills, New York, 14 November, 1813. He was commissioned as lieutenant of cavalry in October, 1792, and joined the army under General Wayne. He distinguished himself at Fort Recovery, 30 June, 1794, and was honorably mentioned by his commanding officer in the account of the battle of the Miami. He was made captain in July following, but in September, 1795, resigned his commission, and devoted himself to agriculture. He served for several years in the Maryland legislature, and as a member of congress in 1805-'7. In 1809 he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of cavalry, colonel a month later, and brigadier-general in 1813, when he was ordered to duty on the northern frontier. He was mortally wounded in the battle of Chrystler's Field, 11 November, 1813, and died two days later.
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