Charles Mawhood

Lt. Col. Charles Mawhood was the British commander at The Battle of Princeton.

Born 23 December 1729 Military service began with purchase of a cornetcy in 1st Dragoon Guards (1 August 1752). Served in the Seven Years War (1756-1763), initially as a Captain in 15th Light Dragoons, then transferred to 18th Light Dragoons. Subsequently saw action in Germany as aide-de-camp to Lord Granby. Continued to rise during the peace, first to Major in 3rd Foot 17 May 1763, then Lieutenant-Colonel of 19th Foot 17 June 1767. Transferred to 17th Foot 26 October 1775 and served with this regiment during General Howe’s initial campaign in America. Highly esteemed in England following the battle of Princeton, he was chosen to raise a new regiment, the Royal Manchester Volunteers (72nd Foot), for service at Gibraltar. Died 29 August 1780 during the siege of Gibraltar, from a gall-stone.