Friday, May 11, 2012

Lieutenants of the Revolutionary War.

Here are a few notes on Lieutenants of the Revolutionary War.  This information may help fill in some of the blanks of the name your looking in to, I think you will find it interesting reading.

Edmund Brook or Brooke, was appointed, Lieutenant in Colonel Harrison's Virginia Artillery in February 1781, and served till the siege of Yorktown, when he left camp on account of sicknes, by advice of Captain Coleman.

John Taylor, served as Lieutenant in the Convention Guards from January 18, 1779, to June 15, 1781, when the regiment was disbanded on account of the General exchange of prisoners.  He received 2,666 and two-thirds acers of land November 13, 1832.

Seth Chapin, commissioned as Lieutenant July 9, 1776, in company Massachusetts Militia, under Ezra Wood and Captain Samuel Cragin, and also served in the Continental line.

Richard Nowell, was a Sergeant of cavalry at the battle of Brandywine and Germantown, and was under General Wayne at Stony Point.  He received L90 10s. 9b. from the State of Virginia as a Sergeant of cavalry, was at Morristown with the army in 1780, and promoted to Lieutenant of cavalry.  In 1781 he was an express rider from General Washington to General Greene, aand with Colonel Washington cavalry at the battle of the cowpens.  For his gallant services he was promoted to Brigade-Major, and served to the surrended of Cornwellis.  On entering service he was a student at William and Mary College.  He was presented with a sword by General Washington for his gallant services.  He died January 17, 1800, leaving a widow and five children.

Eli Parsons was commissioned in 1776 as Lieutenant in Colonel James Clinton's New York Regiment and was subsequently made a Lieutenant in Colonel Crane's artillery, and was severely wounded at the battle of Germantown, which disabled him from holding rank in the line.  He was appointed Commissary of Issues in 1778, and attached to General Knox's brigade untill he received permission to retire, from General Washington in May, 1779.  Colonel Charles Stewart induced him to remain in service, and take charge of a magazine of provisions at Wyoming for the supply of General Sullivan's expding against the Indians.  He died September 25, 1830.

Daniel Bedinger, of the Virginia line Continental establishment, and entered the service in July, 1776, and continued in actual service till the dismission of the army in South Carolina in 1783.

Henry Field, of Virginia line was appointed Lieutenant in the 8th., Regiment January 26, 1776, and resigned August 3, 1776.  He was allowed 2,666 and two-thirds acres of land from the State.

Joseph Hold, of the Virginia line, was appointed in the 10th., Regiment January 12, 1777, and resigned April 1, 1778.  He was allowed 2,666 and two-thirds acres of land by the State.

John Wilson, of the Virginia line, was commissioned Lieutenant in the 4th., Regiment March 17, 1777, and was killed at the battle of Eutaw Springs, September 8, 1781.  His heirs received 2,666 and two-thirds acres of land from the State.

John McKinley, of the Virginia line.  Captain Uriah Springer, of Colonel John Gibson's Frontier Detachment, swears that McKinley enter the army early in 1776 as Sergeant in Captain Stephen Asby's company of State troops and served till December followingwhen he was commissioned as Lieutenant in the 13th., Continental Regiment, and served till early in 1778.  He joined Colonel Crawford's expedition against the Indians in 1782 and was killed.

Michael McDonald, served as a Lieutenant in the British navy.  He deserted and entered the Continental serice with the same rank, March 23, 1777, and served to January 1, 1781, in Putnam's and Nixon's Regiments as a private soldier, for fear the British would see him as an Officer.

Isaac Bowman, served as Lieutenant and Quartermaster in Colonel George R. Clark's "Illinois" Regiment from May 1777.  He was taken prisoner and kept as such from November, 1779, to April, 1778, and was sold by the Indians to a trader named Turnbull, who carried him to New Orleans and Cuba.  He escaped and made hisway home to Virginia.

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