John Laurens (1754–1782) was an American officer born in Charleston, South Carolina, and educated in Europe. The son of Revolutionary leader Henry Laurens, John returned  from Europe to join the Continental Army in 1777. As lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to George Washington, Laurens fought at Brandywine and Germantown. In 1780 he sailed to France to negotiate support for the army. Laurens returned to the colonies in 1781, and he took part in the siege of Yorktown and negotiated Cornwallis’s surrender. Laurens was killed in a skirmish at Combahee Ferry, South Carolina, in August 1782.

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