Revolutionary War hero General Horatio Gates (1728–1806), was painted long after he led his troops to victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. Although his military career was turbulent, the English-born Gates is represented in the uniform of a brigadier general, decorated with the medal that Congress ordered struck to commemorate his triumph at Saratoga.
Johann Kalb (1721-1780) German born, 1721, of peasant ancestry, he rose to brigadier general in the French army. In 1777, Kalb was appointed a major general in the Continental Army by Congress. He was at Valley Forge with Washington in the winter of 1777-78. He joined General Horatio Gates in the Camden campaign; Gates ignored Kalb's advice, was beaten by Cornwallis, and Kalb was wounded eleven times trying to rally troops under his command. Captured by the British, he died August 19, 1780.
Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) A Quaker, he was born in Rhode Island, and given command of a brigade when fighting erupted. In August of 1776, commissioned a major general in the Continental Army. He was Washington's most trusted advisor, and ranked second to Washington as a commander of rebel forces. Took over command in the South after Camden, and proved more than a match for Cornwallis. Outmaneuvered the British, and inflicted heavy losses Cornwallis could ill afford.