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CAMPBELL, Richard, soldier, b in the cal-ley of Virginia; died in Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, 8 September, 1781. He was commissioned captain in 1776, and subsequently major, served in Gibson's regiment at Pittsburghh, and on McIntosh's expedition against the Ohio Indians in 1778. In June, 1779, he led a relief party to Fort Laurens, and commanded that garrison for a time. He was promoted lieutenant colonel, and commanded a Virginia regiment at Guilford, Hobkirk's Hill, Ninety-Six, and Eutaw Springs, where he was mortally wounded while leading the charge that drove the British from the field. Some hours after, hearing that the enemy were in full retreat, he died, exclaiming, "I die contented." Many writers have confounded him with General William Campbell, one of the leaders at King's Mountain. See Draper's "King's Mountain and its Heroes."
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