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Return of the Johnston County Militia, including cover letter from Lewis De Rosset to Arthur Dobbs
De Rosset, Lewis, ca. 1724-1786
Volume 22, Pages 331-332

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Johnston Regiment—Lewis DeRosset, Coll.; Simon Bright, Lieut. Coll.; Samuel Smith, Major.

Names of Captains.
Subaltern Officers.
Commission’d Officers in Every Compa.
Non-Commiss’d Officers in Every Compa.
Private Men in Each Company.
Total Am’t of Each Compa.
1. Benj. Williams
3
9
60
72
2. John Hinton
3
9
60
72
3. Edw’d Powers
Robert Cade, Lieut’n
3
9
60
72
4. Simon Herring
Joshua Herring, Lieut’n,
Anthony Herring, Ensign
3
8
82
93
6. Wm. Speight
Elias Bergeron, Lieut’n,
Wm. Speight, Jun., Ensign
3
9
93
105
7. Benj. Herring
Rich’d Byrd, Lieut’n,
Mich’l Risher, Ensign
3
9
59
71
8. Needh’m Bryan
John Smith, Lieut’n,
John Youngblood, Ensign
3
10
93
106
9. Wm. Whitfield
Aaron Smith, Lieut’n,
Henry Smith, Ensign
3
8
56
67
10. Fr. McLewean
Francis Harper, Lieut’n,
—— ——, Ensign
3
9
67
79
11. Ab’m Shephard
George Norris, Lieut’n
3
9
87
99
30
89
717
836
Troop of Horse—
5. Stephen Caid
R. Caswell, Lieut’n,
Jno. Rows, Cornett,
Arch’d McIloroy, Qr. Mas
4
3
55
62
34
92
772
898

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May It please your Excellency:

The above is as exact List as possibly can make out at present, for as the three first Captains have not returned their Lists was obliged to guess at the number of their men and believe I am rather less than more. Edwd. Powers having resigned must desire of G. —— his Lieutn. Robert Cade. The people are in general very poorly armed, however, there are few but have Gunns, and being an Inland County & no nations of Indians near, it is not much exposed. The fines in the militia Laws are not high enough nor the times of mustering frequent enough, and the pay of the Soldiers in Case of Invasion or going to the Assistance of the neighboring colonys too great.

In the Commissions to the Caps of horse they ought to be commanded to obey the orders of the Coll. of the County in the same manner as the Capt. of Foot, for many reasons obvious from the face of the Militia Law and the nature of things.

These remarks are humbly submitted to Yr. Excellency’s better judgment and were made only in pursuance of your orders.

I am Yr. Excellency’s most Dutifull & Obedient Servt.,
LEWIS DeROSSET.
To His Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esq., Capt. General & Govr. in Chief cet of North Carolina.