That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated: that when this applicant was in his 17th year he was drafted to guard the jail in Newberne where he served one month and was relieved by one James Horsekins (Hoskins), who was hired by the brother in law of this applicant as his substitute; the latter part of 1779 this applicant volunteered under James Pearce, Captain, from Swift Creek in Craven County, James McDaniel, Lieutenant, from Jones, and Roger Bratcher, Ensign. We rendezvoused at Kinston in Lenoir, where we found a small regiment under the command of Colonel Shepard. We marched under Captain Pearce to Wilmington, thence to Georgetown in South Carolina, to Monks Corner near Charleston where we encamped between two and three weeks and then marched into Charleston just before the seige commenced. When we arrived in Charleston we were put under the immediate command of Col. Shepard—the general command was assumed by General Lincoln. The town was besieged by British troops and orders having been given that those whose time was about to expire could either retire or enlist again for three months, and there being a great scarcity of provisions
Whilst in Charleston this applicant was ordered under Colonel Wallace to face the British who appeared on the South side of Ashley river. The British (here being the ferry on Ashley river), fired across upon us and we were not injured but the foraging party belonging to the Americans which was sent on the south side of Ashley river were nearly all destroyed. This applicant is not certain that Fort Moultrie was taken on the day he left Charleston Harbor but was induced to believe so from the fact that a cannonading took place between the British fleet and the fort (Moultrie) and afterwards the British fleet sailed by the fort up to the city.
This applicant did recollect some of the regiments and officers but so long a time has elapsed that his memory has failed him in recalling them to his memory. This applicant served as a sergeant in his company from the time that he entered it until his discharge. This applicant has no documentary evidence to support the statement herein contained. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.