COVINGTON, Leonard (1768-1813)

COVINGTON, LEONARD, a Representative from Maryland; born in Aquasco, Md., October 30, 1768; received a liberal schooling; entered the United States Army as a cornet of Cavalry March 14, 1792; commissioned lieutenant of Dragoons in 1793, and joined the Army under General Wayne; distinguished himself at Fort Recovery and the Battle of Miami; promoted to a captaincy, and resigned September 12, 1795; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates for many years; elected as a Republican to the Ninth Congress (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1807); appointed lieutenant colonel of Light Dragoons on January 9, 1809, and colonel February 15, 1809; was in command at Fort Adams on the Mississippi in 1810 and took possession of Baton Rouge and a portion of West Florida; was ordered to the northern frontier in 1813, and appointed brigadier general August 1, 1813; mortally wounded at the Battle of Chryslers Field November 11, 1813, and died at Frenchs Mills, N.Y., on November 14, 1813; remains were removed to Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County, N.Y., August 13, 1820; place of burial now known as Mount Covington.

University of Maryland
McKeldin Library
College Park, MD
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Papers, 1823-1868, 1 foot.
Correspondents include Leonard Covington. An unpublished inventory is available in the library.

  • Wailes, Benjamin L. C. (Benjamin Leonard Covington). Memoir of Leonard Covington. [Natchez, Miss.: Natchez Printing & Stationery Co.], 1928.