Prescott, Richard


Prescott, Richard
(1725-1788)
   Born in England. Entered the army, and promoted major, 1756; lieutenant-colonel, 1762, and served in Europe during the Seven Years' War. In 1773 sent as colonel of the 7th Foot to Canada, and during the next two years rendered good service. In 1775, during the investment of Montreal by the Americans, surrounded while on the way to Quebec with troops and stores, and captured. In September, 1776, exchanged; and in December, third in command of the British army, until again made prisoner, July 10, 1777. Released, and the same year became major-general, and in 1782 lieutenant-general.
   Index: Dr Placed in charge of Montreal, 89; leaves Montreal with Carleton, 112; captured by Americans, 113.
   Bib.: Cyc. Am. Biog.

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