Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway was born in Ireland in 1733 (the same year as Washington). He was raised in France and became a soldier in the French Army rising to the rank of major. Unsatisfied by his rate of promotion, Conway became one of the first foreign officers enlisted by American ambassador to France, Silas Deane, for the American army. He met with Washington at Morristown in May 1777 and, after a favorable recommendation, was appointed a brigadier general and given command of a brigade in Sullivan's Division which fought at Brandywine and Germantown.

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