Patriotic Service Details

Service details for soldiers & patriots with known, marked grave locations in Pittsylvania County. Images of their gravestones and links to their burial locations are here.

  • Robert Adams – 1754 – 1789. Capt. Adams led a company of militia from Bedford County, Virginia in September 1778 to Chiswell’s Lead Mines on New River. In the fall of 1780 he led another company to Petersburg.
  • Jacob Berger – Born in Germany in 1745 and died on January 25, 1837.
  • James Buckley, Jr. – Born in February 1763 in Loudon County, Virginia.  Volunteered in August 1780 under Capt. Lumpkins and was appointed Sergeant of the Guard and was responsible for guarding deserters.  Volunteered in January 1781 under Capt. John Buckley and again in July 1781 under Capt. John Wynn. James died on November 22, 1835
  • James Buckley, Sr. – Although the death date on his gravestone appears to read 1784, we know from his will he died in 1787. He provided provisions and rashions of liquor for 57 militia men on the march to join Gen. Greene. He also furnished diets, beef, corn, and pasturage for the Continental troops.
  • John Buckley – Produced a commission and took the oath of Captain of County Militia on October 17, 1780. In the spring of 1781 he led a company of Pittsylvania militia to join the main army under Gen. Lafayette at Hanover County. They marched through Richmond and down to “Mobbins Hill” [probably Malvern Hill] where they encamped for a while. Capt. Buckley also led a company to Yorktown in 1781.
  • Samuel Calland – Namesake of the “Callands” community in Pittsylvania County. He was reimbursed after the war for providing a horse for the state troops and corn & fodder for the Continentals.
  • Thomas Carter
  • William Clark – In 1781, he led a company from Halifax County to Point of Fork on James River where there was a valuable state arsenal and military stores.
  • Daniel Coleman – Express rider.
  • Isaac Coles
  • Griffith Dickenson – enlisted in October of 1776 under Capt. Thomas Scott as a musician.  He  was discharged in November 1779 after having served three months as a fifer and thirty-three months as a Corporal.
  • Robert Walker Fitz – Born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia in 1755 or 56. He first served a tour of nine months under Capt. James Anderson in 1776. He entered the service again in the spring of 1779 under Capt. Reuben Vaughan and was in the Battle of Stono. In early 1781, he served again, this time from Halifax County, under Capt. Marmaduke Standfield and was transferred at Cabin Point to Col. William Dix’s command, Jesse Conway’s company. His next tour began in April or May of 1781 under Capt. Edward King and he was in the battle of Ninety-Six, after which he was detailed to guard prisoners to Halifax Old Town in Pittsylvania County. He went out again about the last of August 1781 under Capt. Fleming Bates to Little York and was at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.
  • Edmund Fitzgerald – Sworn Ensign in the Pittsylvania County militia on November 25, 1778. Sworn First Lieutenant on April 18, 1781.
  • David Hunt – In August of 1781, David Hunt marched from Pittsylvania as Lt. in Capt. William Dix’s company to Little York and was there until the surrender of Cornwallis.  He then marched with Capt. Charles Williams to guard the British prisoners to Noland’s Ferry on the Potomac.
  • Moses Hutchings – Enlisted as Ensign under Capt. John Donelson in March of 1777. His company, along with Capt. William Witcher’s company marched to Long Island on Holstein. There he was put under the command of Col. Shelby and was engaged against the Cherokee & Chickamauga Indians. He enlisted again as Indian Spy under Capt. Thomas Dillard early 1778. In 1779, he was commissioned Lieutenant under Capt. Armistead Shelton, but remained in Pittsylvania until February 1781 when he and 9 other men took their horses and rifles and set out to harass the British pickets. He next went out as a private under Capt. Thomas Smith (all the companies being officered) and was attached to Col. Campbell’s Regiment at the Battle of Guilford.
  • Thomas Jones – Nominated by the Committee as First Lieutenant in the Pittsylvania County militia on September 27, 1775.
  • Avery Mustein – enlisted in 1776 under Capt. Thomas Dillard and marched to Gwynns Island to assist in driving off Lord Dunmore.  He then marched under Capt. Jesse Heard to the Holston River to go against the Cherokees.  He served again in 1780 under Capt. Isaac Clement, during which tour he was in the Battle of Camden.  He volunteered in February of 1781 under Capt. Gabriel Shelton, who was succeeded by Capt. Thomas Smith.  In August of 1781 he was drafted to go to the Siege of York under Capt. William Dix, who was succeeded by Capt. Charles Williams.  After the surrender of Cornwallis, he was detailed to guard prisoners on the march to Noland’s Ferry on the Potomac.
  • John Pigg – Capt. Pigg was reimbursed after the war for providing corn, bacon, flower, & brandy for the State and Continental Troops.
  • Edward Robertson – Proof of his service is needed. If not found I’ll remove him from this list.
  • Jeremiah Simpson – Signer of the Oath of Allegiance. Reimbursed post-war for providing corn to State Troops.
  • Joseph Smith1763 – 1842. Joseph first served in the Virginia militia from Halifax County under Capt. Charles Wall in January of 1781 for a three month tour. He re-enlisted in April 1781 as a substitute for his father, James Smith, and served under Capt. William Clark. He was discharged from this tour on July 28, 1781 by Col. Priddy. His discharge is preserved in his pension application file (an extremely rare circumstance).
  • Joshua Stone1744 – 1822 – Sworn 2nd. Lt. in Capt. Joseph Faris’s company on October 23, 1777. 1st Lt. on June 20, 1780 under Capt. John Buckley who replaced Capt. Faris. Later Capt. of militia himself.
  • Burwell Vaden – Signer of the Oath of Allegiance
  • James Mastin Williams – James Mastin Williams was born in Pittsylvania County (then Halifax) in 1763, according to his family Bible. He entered the service of the United States in February of 1781 as a volunteer in a company of militia commanded by Capt. Stephen Coleman (father of Daniel Coleman).  They marched from Peytonsburg, in Pittsylvania County, to Halifax Old Court House, then crossed Dan River at Irvin’s Ferry en route to join Genl. Green’s Army.  He continued in this service until he was discharged at the high rock in Rockingham County, NC. He served again as a substitute for his brother, John Williams, who was drafted into Capt. William Dix’s militia company.  On this tour they were attached to the regimental command of Col. Nathaniel Cocke in Genl. Stephens’ Brigade.  During this tour Genl. Stephens was wounded in the Battle at Guilford where the Americans were defeated.  They retreated and rendezvoused at Troublesome Iron Works.  They then marched to Ramsey’s Mill on Deep River where Williams was discharged with most of the other militia about the last of March 1781. James then joined Capt. Morton’s company to serve as a guard in transporting British prisoners taken at Ramsey’s Mill to Halifax Courthouse and delivering them to the jailer there. He was engaged in this service for six or seven weeks. In July 1781, James M. Williams enlisted for twelve months with William McCraw, Deputy Quartermaster for the southern army at Peytonsburgh.  He was engaged the entire time as a carrier of public dispatches and he continued on after his term of service had expired to take 56 horses from Cumberland County, Virginia and deliver them to Edward Carrington, the Quartermaster General, at Ashley Hill in South Carolina.
  • William Witcher – Capt. of militia. Appointed Major of County militia on November 16, 1779. Resigned as Major on September 19, 1780.

 

Sources

  • Some of these names were listed in the bicentennial issue of the Danville Register & Bee, but grave locations and service details were not included.
  • Cemetery Visits
  • Service details from transcriptions and images of original Revolutionary War Pension Files on Footnote.com and SouthernCampaign.org
  • DAR Online GRS. Some of the birth and death dates above are from this system.