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RIALL, Sir Phineas, British soldier, born in England about 1769; died in Paris, France, 10 November, 1851. He entered the British army as ensign in January, 1794, and was promoted through the different grades to that of major in the same year. He was reduced in 1797, and remained on the reserve list till 1804. He commanded a brigade in the West Indies in 1808-'10, taking part in the expeditions against Martinique and Saintes, and in the capture of Guadaloupe, became a colonel on 25 July, 1810, and on 4 June, 1813, was made a major-general. After serving for a few months on the staff in England, he was ordered to Canada to take part in the war between England and the United States. He served on the Niagara frontier, displaying energy and valor, but committing many military mistakes. He was wounded at Chippewa, where he was chief in command, as also at the battle of Lundy's Lane. On 18 February, 1816, he was appointed governor of the island of Grenada, where he remained for several years. He was promoted lieutenant-general in 1825, was knighted in 1833, and became a full general in 1841.
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