John Dagworthy

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John Dagworthy
Dagsboro, Delaware
AllegianceUnited States
RankBrigadier general
Commands heldFort Cumberland (French and Indian War) and Sussex County militia (American Revolutionary War)

John Dagworthy (1721–1784) was a brigadier general who commanded the Sussex County (Delaware) militia during the American Revolutionary War.[1] The town of Dagsboro, Delaware and the Dagsboro Hundred both take their names from General Dagworthy.[2][3]

While assigned to Fort Cumberland during the French and Indian War as a captain in the British Army, Dagworthy disputed the authority of George Washington. At that time, Washington was a major in the Virginia militia, a rank that Dagworthy considered inferior to his own Royal commission as a captain;[4] the fort was built at the confluence of Wills Creek and the Potomac River, by troops of the Maryland militia under Dagworthy's command, in the fall of 1754.[5]

His remains are buried in the cemetery of Prince George's Chapel, located near Dagsboro.[3]


  1. ^ "General John Dagworthy". Sussex County Online. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Delmarvan Once Disputed Gen. Washington's Rank". Salisbury Times. June 29, 1962.
  3. ^ a b "Sussex County Markers: Prince George's Chapel". Delaware Public Archives. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Michael Morgan (6 October 2010). "Stubborn Mr. John Dagworthy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  5. ^ Smith Jr., Claiborne T. (1988). "Innes, James". In Powell, William S (ed.). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. Volume 3 (H-K). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. p. 252. ISBN 9780807818060.