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EVANS, Sir George De Lacy, British soldier, born in Moig, Ireland, in 1787: died in London. 9 January 1870. He entered the British army in 1807, served in India and Spain, and in 1814, when brevet lieutenant colonel of the 5th West India regiment, was ordered to this country, He was at the battle of Bladensburg on 24 August where two horses were killed under him, and led the smM1 force that entered Washington and destroyed the public buildings there. He also took part in Ross's expedition against Baltimore in September and was near that officer when he fell. At New Orleans he was the only landsman that volunteered to accompany the expedition against the American sloops defending Lake Borgne. He was wounded before New Orleans on 23 December 1814, and again on 8 January 1815, and was sent home. He recovered just in time to join Wellington at Quatre Bras, where again two horses were killed under him. He commanded in Spain, in 1835'7, the British auxiliary legion, and after 1846 was Member of Parliament from Westminster. He served as a lieutenant general in the Crimean war, commanding the 2d division of the English army, and was distinguished at the Alma and at Inkerman, receiving for his services the thanks of parliament and the grand cross of the bath. He published "Facts relating to the Capture of Washington" (London, 1829).
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