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Declaration by John Allison concerning his military service in the Revolutionary War
Allison, John
Volume 22, Pages 102-104


That he entered the service of the United States and served as herein stated:

He entered the service for nine months in the year 1778, in the County of Orange, in the State of North Carolina, under Capt. William Lytle. We rendezvoused at Hillsborough, the County Seat of Orange County. From Hillsborough we were marched and crossed the Yadkin river at a place then called the Island Ford, as well as

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he recollects, continuing their march they passed through Salisbury, Charlotte, Camden, and crossed Santee river at Nelson’s Ferry, thence to Monk’s Corner thence to the Ten Mile house where we remained for some short time. From this latter place we marched through Dogester and crossed a small stream at Bacon’s Bridge. We then marched to Purysburg where we joined Gen. Lincoln.

This declarant belonging to the Third Regiment; Col. Archibald Lytle, Capt. William Lytle’s brother, was the Colonel of the Regiment. We were here stationed in the winter where this declarant was taken sick and placed in the Hospital. His brother, James Allison, then at home, learning the diseased condition of this applicant came and procured from Gen. Lincoln a furlough and took him to his father’s in Orange County where he remained sick until the troops returned home, when Col. Lytle gave him a discharge. He remained with his father, but how long he does not recollect, when he entered the militia service for three months. He has forgotten the names of both his Captain and Lieutenant. His Sergeant’s name was William Riley. The company to which he belonged, with other companies, were marched to Hillsborough where he remained until the expiration of our three months.

The object in calling and stationing the militia was to protect the town against the Tories. After the three months had expired he received a discharge from his Captain and returned home. Shortly after he volunteered, but for no particular time, under Capt. John Whiteside; his Lieutenant’s name was Joseph Allison, the brother of this declarant; General Butler was our head commander. We were marched by Gen. Butler from Orange County down to Granville Old Court House, in Granville County, where we remained some time. Some here obtained leave to return home for the purpose of ascertaining the condition of our relatives many of whom had suffered from the depredations of the British under the command of Lord Cornwallis, who, with his army, had lain in the neighborhood of this declarant’s father for two days and nights. When he arrived at his father’s he found his house stripped of furniture. They had taken a wagon and team from his father and as much corn as they could carry. This property was never regained.

He remained at his father’s one day and then went immediately and joined the troops under the command of Gen Green at Troublesome Iron Works, the next day after the battle of Guilford. The

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militia were here discharged after remaining a few days and this declarant returned again to his father’s.

He has no documentary evidence by which he can establish the foregoing nor does he know of any person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his services.