THOMAS COKER - PENSION STATEMENT (abstract) - UNKNOWN NO.
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Name: COKER, THOMAS
- Filed pension statement: 14 Apr 1834, Harlan Co. KY
- Pension number: unknown
- Age: 73
Facts relevant to Battle of Camden:
- Surry Co. NC Militia
- Officers: Capt. William Meridith, Col. Martin Armstrong, Gen. Rutherford
- Marched from Surry Co. to Salisbury where "stationed awhile"
- Crossed the Pee Dee River at Cheraw Hills
- Marched to Ruguley's mill
- Met Gates' army a few miles above Ruguley's mill.
- Company placed under Col. John Armstrong (a Continental officer, his brother-in-law)
- Was in battle at Gum Swamp which began at night
- His company (corps?) began action (not clear whether night or day)
- Wounded slightly in the left arm with musket ball
- After defeat, every man (he believed) made for his home
- Road toward Surry Co. was crowded with retreating soldiers
- No order was maintained among the retreating militia
- No officer assumed command during the retreat
- Had to travel almost 200 miles to get home
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