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CUYLER, Sir Cornelius, soldier, born in Albany, New York, about 1740; died at St. John's Lodge, Hertfordshire, England, 8 March 1819. In May 1759, he joined the 55th regiment of foot (British) as an ensign, and was present at the reduction of Ticonderoga in that year, and of Montreal in 1760. Serving through the old French war, he became captain in the 46th foot, 9 May 1764, and was aide-de-camp to General Sir William Howe from July 1775, till 15 January 1776, when he was promoted major of the 55th regiment. He continued on General Howe's staff, and was at the battles of Long Island, Brandywine, and Germantown. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, 16 November 1777, and commanded his regiment at the battle of Monmouth. After the conclusion of peace he was transferred to the West Indies, where he was quartermaster-general of the British forces, and was afterward in chief command. He attained the full rank of general in 1799.
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