James McCubbin Lingan – Brigadier General, United States Army

Revolutionary War Veteran and protector of free speech.

During the Revolutionary War he was wounded and taken prisoner about the British ship Jersey for 3 1/2 years.

Later in life, he helped to defend a publisher who had criticized the United States regarding its participation in the War of 1812 and was killed in the publisher's Baltimore offices on July 28, 1812 when an angry crowd stormed the offices.

His funeral was held on property located at 1647 30th Street in Washington and he was buried in a private cemetery in Washington.

He was moved to Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery on November 5, 1908. His wife, Janet Henderson Lingan (1765-1832) is buried with him.

James McCubbin Lingan, soldier, born in Maryland about 1752; died in Baltimore, Maryland, 28 July, 1812. He was employed in a store in Georgetown, D. C., when at the beginning of the Revolution he obtained a commission in the Army. He fought at Long Island, York Island, and Fort Washington, where he was taken prisoner and confined in a prison ship. After the war he became collector of the port of Georgetown, and, as he is given the title of “General,” probably obtained this rank in the militia. He was killed in Baltimore jail, where he had taken refuge, by the mob that destroyed the office of the “Federalist,” having been one of those who rallied to the support of the editor.



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