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CHRISTIAN, William, soldier, born in Berkeley county, Virginia, in 1732 ; died in June, 1782. He removed with his parents to Pennsylvania, served against Pontiac, was a captain in Forbes's expedition against Fort Duquesne in 1758, served with Dun-more against the Sciotos, and settled at Braddoek's Ford, on the Youghiogheny river, in 1768. He was intimate with Washington, and raised and commanded a regiment during the Revolutionary war. After the ravages committed in 1776 on the western border districts by the Cherokees, Creeks, Chiekamaguas, Choctaws, Delawares, Mingoes, and Shawnees, incited by Capt. Stuart, the British Indian agent, he was ordered by Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia, to assemble the border-men and descend upon Oconostota, the Cherokee chief, who was encamped on the Tellico. He was accompanied by John Soviet with a band of scouts. The Indians dispersed without fighting, but their towns and crops were destroyed, and all the males in one village were killed by the scouts. In 1782 he reluctantly accepted the command of an expedition to ravage the Wyandotte and Moravian Indian settlements on the Muskingum, and was taken prisoner and put to death by torture.
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