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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brigadier General William Thompson

1736 - 1781

 
 
Brigadier General William Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2009
1. Brigadier General William Thompson Marker
Inscription.  The First Colonel of the U.S. Army
 
Erected 1987 by The Military Order of the World Wars, The Donegal Society of Wilkes-Barre, and The Gobin Guards of Carlisle.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 11.86′ N, 77° 11.289′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on the fence surrounding Thompson's family plot in the Old Graveyard off South Street and Cemetery Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Molly Pitcher (a few steps from this marker); Carlisle Old Graveyard Revolutionary War Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General John Armstrong (1717-1795) (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Molly Pitcher (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
Brigadier General William Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Kerr, September 12, 2012
2. Brigadier General William Thompson Marker
line); Major André (about 700 feet away); Andre & Despard House (about 700 feet away); The Salvation Army (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Brigadier General William Thompson Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2009
3. Brigadier General William Thompson Marker
Looking north toward houses fronting South Street.
Celtic Cross on Brigadier General William Thompson's Grave image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 29, 2009
4. Celtic Cross on Brigadier General William Thompson's Grave
Brigadier General William Thompson gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 1, 2004
5. Brigadier General William Thompson gravesite
Brigadier General William Thompson
Born 1736 County Meath, Ireland
Died at Carlisle September 3, 1781

Commander Thompson's Pennsylvania Rifle Battalion
1775-1776
The first Colonel of the U.S. Army
Placed in grateful memory by his fellow Americans
1987
The Thompson Battalion Memorial Project
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,310 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 13, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Dave Kerr of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on February 13, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on June 4, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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