If you did not find your Revolutionary War Soldier

All soldiers did not fight in the Continental Regiments. Instead, they were part of local militia which joined the fight.

Before America was a centralized government, county militia companies were formed to protect its citizens. As new land was settled, there was an inherent need to protect people against the various Indian tribes. In fact, rampant hostilities existed up until and through the period of the Revolutionary War.

As settlements moved from East to West, the mountains were occupied by a number of waring Indians who regularly scalped white men and took their women as slaves.

There was the need, then, for male aged 21 to 50 years to join the militia, and they did so willingly. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, the militia companies joined the fight of the rebels, especially while the British occupied Charleston, Savannah, and Augusta. While these guys were not part of the Continental Army, they worked with the Continentals under General Greene in and about Georgia and South Carolina in helping to distract the British occupation.

It is a good idea to include a search of the militia records. Georgia Pioneers has a collection for Georgia, dating from 1774 to 1838. That period well includes those who fought in the Revolutionary War. The records include rosters, correspondence, and interesting events otherwise not known except to read through the entry Georgia Military Affairs (indexed).

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