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JOHNSON, Sir Henry, British soldier, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1748; died 18 March, 1835. He entered the army in 1761, became captain in the 28th foot in 1763, lieutenant-colonel of the 17th in 1778, colonel in 1782, major-general in 1793, and general in 1808. While he was stationed in Philadelphia he married Rebecca, daughter of David Franks, of that city, who was celebrated for her wit. He commanded a battalion of light infantry early in the Revolution, and was severely wounded. While he was in command at Stony Point he was surprised by General Anthony Wayne (q. v.) in the night of 15 July, 1779, and made prisoner with his entire force. He returned to England in 1782, and served during the Irish rebellion of 1798. On 3 March, 1818, he was created a baronet.
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