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Marsh Genealogy

Revolutionary War Pension Application Transcripts

Henry Marsh of White County Tennessee

State of Tennessee
White County

On this 7th day of October AD 1832, formally appeared before this Justice of the Court of Pleas and Justice for said county and state, now sitting, HENRY MARSH, a resident of White County Tennessee, aged about seventy one years, who being first and duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832 ; that he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as hereinafter stated. He volunteered in the militia service for eighteen months, in the county of Surry in the state of North Carolina, at a town then called Richmond, about one mile from the shallow fork on the Yadkin River under CAPTAIN JACOB COMPTON. JOHN COOK was his Lieutenant and EDWARD LOVIN his Ensign, each of whom were of this declarant�s said city and of the county of Surry. He states that he belonged to the regiment commanded by COL. McDOWEL. The surgeons belonging to said regiment were DAVID GRAVES and MATTHEW PEGGS. GENERAL LINCOLN was head commander. He states that he was acquainted with GENERAL BUTLER and that he saw him frequently during this term of service. They marched to the Savannah River and crossed the same at Augusta. They then continuing their march went down the Savannah River towards a town in the state of Georgia called Savannah and crossed the river again at a place known by the name of the Brier Swamp. This declarant together with the balance of the troops then marched to Stone Swamp where they stormed the British fort and drove them back a short distance, when a reinforcement of the British arrived from St. John�s Island. The force of the British being thus increased, we were compelled to retreat and returned to our camps where we remained all night. The next day they marched down again to the British marker. The British troops had evacuated the fort, gotten aboard of their boats and returned to St. John�s Island. In this engagement MAJOR LOWREY was severely wounded, he having been shot through his thigh. MAJOR LOWREY also during the same engagement had his horse shot dead from under him. His Captain, JACOB COMPTON was also wounded in his knee at the same time. This declarant served out this tour of service when he received a written discharge from his Captain. He then returned to his Uncle�s in Surry County. From there he went to Henry County Virginia where his mother then resided. After remaining with his mother a short time he again volunteered his services for three months under CAPTAIN GREEN�s regiment. His Lieutenant�s name was DAVID HALEY, JOHN YOUNG his Ensign; CAPTAIN CUNNINGHAM marched his company to Hillsborough where he joined headquarters. Shortly after, GENERAL GATES issued orders for reinforcement from Hillsborough when this declarant and the company to which he belonged were marched to a point within a few days travel of R______ Mill where they joined GENERAL GATES. They then marched to where the battle was fought between the American troops under the command of GENERAL GATES and the British within four miles of Camden. This declarant was in said battle. The American troops were defeated. He recollects well that GENERAL GATES killed three horses in traveling back to Hillsborough, then GATES having left the troops shortly after the commencement of the engagement. All of the troops, or at least most of those who escaped death during the battle were marched back to Hillsborough. A short time after their arrival, GENERAL BUTLER, with a detachment of men, among whom this declarant was one, went down to Cross Creek for the purpose of taking a British Hospital and guard comprised of Scotch-Irish. GENERAL BUTLER, when we reached the hospital, sent in a flag and they surrendered. They were all taken prisoners and carried to Hillsborough, where this declarant, having served out his term of three months, received a written discharge from CAPTAIN CUNNINGHAM and returned to his mother�s in Henry County Virginia. A short time thereafter LORD CORNWALLIS surrendered at Little York. Thus terminated his services to his country. This declarant has no documentary evidence in his possession by which the foregoing facts can be established, nor does he know of any person whose testimony he can procure, who can testify to his service.

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