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  • I notice the listing of participants in the battle does not have my GGGG-grandfather, Philip Shive, who was captured there while serving with Armand's Legion. His petition for a pension, (which was awarded), lists his four years of service, including the winter at Valley Forge with the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment.

    Kent L. Pusser, anexwrench2 March 31, 2004

  • I am a descendant of the Harringtons of NC. Gen Henry William Harrington was a first cousin to my direct ancestor Charles Harrington of Chatham Co NC. Since the General was not a direct descendant I have put off research of his life until now. I am sorry that I have. It is absolutely fascinating to me to see the doucuments from our history emblazend with the name of Harrington. Thank you so much for this site that has given me a peek into the life of this man. The documents posted here will become a part of my database (non commercial) so I can pass that information on to many more generations of his descendants.

    Jackie Wood - Willow Springs MO
    December 27, 2003

  • My great4-grandfather [John Fopliss] served with this outfit. In Pluckimin Hospital [NJ]-see pg119

    November 21, 2003

    The document referred to is Delaware Archives Military Vol. 1, pp. 115-122, -ed.

  • TO: The Committee

    As a young child, I sat spell-bound on this field and devoured every word spoken by the late Henry Savage, as he described the battle. As his arms waved in giant swooping motions, I could picture Webster's Troops crashing into the flank of the "Gallant" Eight Hundred. Since that day, I have been a mental prisoner of those defenders of freedom.

    It warms my heart to see such interest in this crumb of earth; on whose brow was waged one of the more important engagements of our nation's struggle for independence. I am postive that Mr. Savage would highly approve of the endeavor.

    I think it is appropriate to borrow a quote from another great American, made upon another famous battlefield. A portion of Lincoln's words at Gettysburg seem hauntingly suitable for the Fields of Gum Swamp.

    "...Its is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion for that cause for which they here gave their last full measure of devotion..."

    I am,
    Your Devoted Servant,
    W.C.R. "Rusty" Major

    July 31, 2003

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