Pvt George Herndon

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Pvt George Herndon

Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Apr 1848 (aged 85)
Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 63830825 View Source
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Married to Frances Rogers.

George Herndon first entered service in 1778 at the age of 16, enlisting in a company of volunteer militia commanded by Capt. Kindrick, in the regiment led by Col. Saunders. From Chatham County, he marched to Hillsborough, N.C., then to Salisbury, then to Camden, S.C., and finally toward Charleston with the intention (so he was told) of going to that city. His unit received notice that a British Army under Campbell had taken Savannah, so they marched to Purvisburg (Headquarters of the American Army under Gen. Lincoln). Capt Kindrick was furloughed and did not return. Lt. Crutchfield and Ensign MacMasters subsequentlly commanded the company. George Herndon remained in the locality of Purvisburg until the end of his five month enlistment. Part of his time was spent at the Two Sisters Ferry on the Savannah River between Purvisville and Black Swamp (Jasper County, SC and Effingham County, GA). At Black Swamp he was discharged 10 Apr 1779.

In the fall of 1779, he volunteered for a term of three months, serving in a company of militiamen commanded by his father, Capt. James Herndon, in Col. Lytle's regiment. Again he marched to Camden, S.C. and then to Charleston where he was discharged 23 Mar 1780.

In the winter of 1780, he volunteered again for three months service at Chatham County, in Capt. Knight's company under Col. Luttrell's regiment. From Chatham the militiamen marched to join Gen. Greene's army near Salisbury, finally reaching it between Guilford Courthouse and the Dan River. Col. Luttrell left the regiment, and after crossing the river, the regimental Major marched the them back to North Carolina. Once there, Col. Malbra (a Frenchman) became regimental commander. When the battle at Guilford Courthouse was fought on 15 Mar 1781, Pvt. Herndon's regiment was about 14 miles away. (Unknown if he took part in the battle) He remained under Gen. Greene's command until discharged sometime after the battle.

In 1781, volunteered for the fourth time, serving under Capt. Rosser. He was ordered to rendezvous at the Courthouse in Pittsboro (Chatham County) one fine day, and set out with his "relative" (first-cousin) Joseph Herndon ("after they had armed themselves"). They were captured and taken prisoner "by a parcel of Tories under Col. Fanning" and taken to Craig's command at British Army Headquarters at Wilmington, N.C., "whence he escaped after five months, lacking four days."

(from "The Descendants of WILLIAM and SARAH (POE) HERNDON of Caroline County, Va. and Chatham County, N.C.", by Ruth Herndon Shields, Pub. 1956)

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