Famous 18th Century Soldiers

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 1 Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett
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Birthdate: August 17, 1786
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: March 6, 1836
American folk hero Davy Crockett, or the "King of the Wild Frontier,” was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee and part of the Texas Revolution. He opposed the Indian Removal Act. He was killed by the Mexican army the Battle of the Alamo.

 2 Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: September 29, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burnham Thorpe
Died: October 21, 1805

Horatio Nelson was a British flag officer whose inspirational leadership brought about several British naval victories, especially during the Napoleonic Wars. Regarded as one of Britain's heroic figures, Horatio Nelson's legacy remains influential and several monuments, including the Nelson Monument and Nelson's Column, have been created in his memory.

 3 Sam Houston

Sam Houston
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Famous As: Former Governor of Texas
Birthdate: March 2, 1793
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockbridge County, Virginia
Died: July 26, 1863
Sam Houston was the governor of Texas from 1859 to 1861. He was also the senator from Texas, the President of the Republic of Texas, and the governor of Tennessee. As part of the Texan Army, he won the Battle of San Jacinto. The city Houston is named after him.
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 4 Mary Read

Mary Read
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: London, Kingdom of England
Died: April 28, 1721

A legendary female pirate of the early eighteenth century, Mary Read took to piracy when her ship was seized by Jack Rackham in West Indies. By then, she had started dressing as a man and had served in the military, which might have helped her to become a successful buccaneer. Captured in 1720, she died in prison five months later.  

 5 Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 22, 1776

 6 Karl Von Clausewitz

Karl Von Clausewitz
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: July 1, 1780
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burg bei Magdeburg
Died: November 16, 1831

Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military theorist and general. As a theorist, Clausewitz stressed the political aspects of war. His book Vom Kriege, which talks about military strategy, has been very influential despite the fact that it was unfinished at the time of his death. His ideas also influenced personalities like Karl Marx, Mao Zedong, and Leon Trotsky.

 7 Kazimierz Pułaski

Kazimierz Pułaski
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: October 11, 1779

Kazimierz Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, military commander, and soldier. Dubbed the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski is credited with creating the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reorganizing the American cavalry. He played an important role in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for fighting for the independence of Poland and the United States.

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 8 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1744
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bazentin, France
Died: December 18, 1829

French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck acquired his love for plants while serving as a soldier in the French army. Following an injury, he quit his military career but retained his love for botany. He later taught zoology, studied the classification of invertebrates, and also coined the term biology.

 9 Banastre Tarleton

Banastre Tarleton
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: January 15, 1833

Banastre Tarleton was a British politician and general. He served in the American Revolutionary War where he was a lieutenant colonel. An iconic figure, Tarleton has been portrayed in several films, such as Sweet Liberty, The Patriot, and Amazing Grace. He has also been depicted in many TV series and novels.   

 10 Horatio Gates

Horatio Gates
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Famous As: Army General
Birthdate: July 26, 1727
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maldon, England
Died: April 10, 1806

 11 Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers
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Famous As: soldier, privateer
Birthdate: November 7, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Methuen
Died: May 18, 1795

Robert Rogers was a British soldier who served during the American Revolution and the French and Indian War. Rogers is remembered for raising and commanding the popular Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War. In 1992, he was inducted into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame. Robert Rogers’ heroics are depicted in the 1940 film Northwest Passage.

 12 Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson
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Famous As: Military woman
Birthdate: December 17, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plympton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: April 29, 1827

 13 Stephen Decatur

Stephen Decatur
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: January 5, 1779
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: March 22, 1820

 14 Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: October 11, 1738
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: August 31, 1814

British admiral Arthur Phillip was a pioneering leader of the colonization of Australia. He established the first permanent European colonial settlement in Australia. He had also served as the first governor of New South Wales but was unable to establish peace. He was part of the Seven Years' War, too.

 15 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood

Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: September 26, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Died: March 7, 1810

Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood was a legendary British naval commander known for his heroics at the Battle of Trafalgar. He had been sailing since age 12 and was second in command to Lord Nelson at Trafalgar. His exploits earned him the title of Baron and an annual pension £2,000.

 16 Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: February 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vestric-et-Candiac, France
Died: September 14, 1759

 17 George Rogers Clark

George Rogers Clark
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: November 19, 1752
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlottesville
Died: February 13, 1818

 18 James Wilkinson

James Wilkinson
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 24, 1757
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: December 28, 1825

James Wilkinson served the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and also revealed Aaron Burr’s conspiracy to the U.S. government. While he worked against the Spanish people as part of the U.S. army, he was later revealed to be a Spanish spy, also known as Number Thirteen.

 19 Dahomey Amazons

Dahomey Amazons
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Benin

 20 Chevalier d'Éon

Chevalier d'Éon
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: October 5, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tonnere, France
Died: May 21, 1810

Chevalier d'Éon not just fought for France in the Seven Years' War but was also a spy. Interestingly, he led the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. In his unpublished memoir, he claimed he was a woman raised as a man.

 21 Christopher Gadsden

Christopher Gadsden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 16, 1724
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 1805

 22 Jim Beckwourth

Jim Beckwourth
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 6, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 29, 1866

Born to a white man and a mulatto slave woman, Jim Beckwourth was practically born into slavery. While he looked like an American Indian, he was known as a “free Negro” after being released. Known as Bloody Arm, he is credited with exploring the Beckwourth Pass.

 23 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz

Joseph Radetzky von Radetz
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: November 2, 1766
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 5, 1858

Joseph Radetzky von Radetz had almost become a national hero in Austria for his military successes. Known as Vater, or Father Radetzky, in the army circle, the field marshal had also served as the Habsburg Empire’s chief of the general staff. One of his iconic victories was at the Battle of Custoza.  

 24 John Colter

John Colter
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Famous As: Military Person
Birthdate: 1774 AD
Birthplace: Stuarts Draft, Virginia, United States
Died: November 22, 1813

Trapper-explorer John Colter, who was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is remembered as the first white man to visit and describe the Yellowstone National Park. He had a brush with death on three occasions, when he came face-to-face with Indian tribes. He later settled in a Missouri farm.

 25 Richard Montgomery

Richard Montgomery
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: December 2, 1738
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swords, Ireland
Died: December 31, 1775

 26 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood

Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 12, 1724
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Butleigh
Died: January 27, 1816

 27 Manuel Belgrano

Manuel Belgrano
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Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist, Economist, Politician, Soldier, Jurist
Birthdate: June 3, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Died: June 20, 1820

 28 John Sevier

John Sevier
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 23, 1745
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Died: September 24, 1815

 29 Thomas Mifflin

Thomas Mifflin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1744
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 20, 1800

 30 Thomas Pinckney

Thomas Pinckney
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: October 23, 1750
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 2, 1828

 31 Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 17, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pontoise
Died: November 1, 1802

 32 Thomas Hickey

Thomas Hickey
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: June 28, 1776

 33 Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov

Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: October 5, 1737
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyutkino, Russia
Died: January 5, 1808

 34 Thomas Sumter

Thomas Sumter
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: August 14, 1734
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia, United States
Died: June 1, 1832

 35 Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine

Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine
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Famous As: General
Birthdate: December 12, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lunéville, France
Died: July 4, 1780

 36 Henry Havelock

Henry Havelock
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: April 5, 1795
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, England
Died: November 24, 1857

 37 Margaret Corbin

Margaret Corbin
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: November 12, 1751
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16, 1800

 38 Juraj Jánošík

Juraj Jánošík
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: December 31, 1688
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Terchová, Slovakia
Died: March 17, 1713

 39 Patrick Ferguson

Patrick Ferguson
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: June 4, 1744
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pitfour estate
Died: October 7, 1780

 40 Edward Cornwallis

Edward Cornwallis
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Famous As: Officer, Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: January 14, 1776

 41 Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth

Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: April 19, 1757
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dover
Died: January 23, 1833

 42 William Livingston

William Livingston
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 30, 1723
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1790

 43 Henry Dearborn

Henry Dearborn
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Famous As: Former U.S. Congressman
Birthdate: February 23, 1751
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Hampton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: June 6, 1829

 44 Richard Parker

Richard Parker
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: April 16, 1767
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: June 30, 1797

 45 George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney

George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1719
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames
Died: May 24, 1792

 46 Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: October 23, 1729
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Howick, England
Died: November 14, 1807

 47 Alexander Spotswood

Alexander Spotswood
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Famous As: Lieutenant-Colonel
Birthdate: 1676 AD
Birthplace: English Tangier, Morocco
Died: June 7, 1740

 48 William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: January 25, 1640
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: August 18, 1707

 49 Robert F. Stockton

Robert F. Stockton
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Famous As: Senator
Birthdate: August 20, 1795
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 7, 1866

 50 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville

George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: January 26, 1716
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 26, 1785