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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Declaration by John Wilfong concerning his military service in the Revolutionary War
Wilfong, John
Volume 22, Pages 158-159


In October, 1833, he was residing in Lincoln County, N. C., and stated that he was born in N. C., April 8th, 1762. He was living in said County when he enlisted on or before Sept. 1st, 1780, under Capt. Sigman and Lt. Vanhorn in Col. McDowall’s N. C. Regiment, which marched to Morganton, N. C., thence to Cane Creek in Burke Co., where they had a slight skirmish, then to Watauga. They returned by the same route, joined by Cols. Sevier, Shelby and Campbell, to Cane Creek, Burke Co., from thence to the Cowpens, where they were joined by Cols. Cleveland and Williams and Lincoln’s troops, after which they crossed Broad River and fought the battle of King’s Mountain. The same day Colonel Ferguson was killed and the

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whole of his army taken prisoners. In this battle Wilfong was wounded in the left arm by a ball and returned home October 8th, 1780 (the next day after the battle).

In July, 1781, he volunteered for 10 months with Capt. Cowan and Lt. George Hammond, in Colonel Hammond’s regiment, which marched from Lincoln N. C., to near Augusta, Ga., from thence into S. C., joining the army of General Greene, from thence to Eutaw Springs and was in the battle in 1781 (Sept. 6), then to White Hall, S. C. In March, 1782 he marched to the Cherokee Nation under Capt. Jesse Johnson, returned to General Pickens in S. C., where he served the residue of his time.