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BEALL, William Dent, soldier, born in Maryland in 1755; died in Prince George County, Maryland, 24 September 1829. He was a major in the revolutionary army, and was distinguished for his services both at Long Island and at Camden, South Carolina On 8 January 1799, he was appointed major of the 9th infantry, and in the following year deputy-adjutant-general and deputy-inspector-general. He was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the 5th infantry 12 December 1808, and on 30 November 1810, colonel of the 3d infantry, from which he was transferred in April 1812, back to the 5th. He resigned 15 August 1812, but commanded a regiment of militia at the battle of Bladensburg in 1814. He was afterward sheriff of Prince George county.
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