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Brig. Gen. Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), U.S. Representative/American Patriot

This week, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Brig. Gen. Andrew Pickens, born 13 September 1739 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died 11 August 1817 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, the son of Scots-Irish immigrants Andrew Pickens (1699-1756) and his wife Anne Davis (1705-1763). He served in the Anglo-Cherokee War in 1760–1761. When the Revolutionary War started, he sided with the rebel militia, and was made a captain. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General during the war. He saw action in several major battles in the Revolutionary War including the "Battle of Kettle Creek", the "Siege of Charleston", the "Battle of Cowpens", the "Siege of Augusta", the "Siege of Ninety-Six" and the "Battle of Eutaw Springs". Andrew Pickens married Rebecca Floride Calhoun in 1765. They had 12 children, including Andrew Pickens (1779-1858), who later became Governor of South Carolina. Pickens and his actions served as one of the sources for the fictional character of Benjamin Martin in "The Patriot", a motion picture released in 2000. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Person Page that you can add to WeRelate. (learn more...)