Samuel Ware

In January 1776, Samuel Ware enlisted in the 7th Virginia Regiment, under Captain Holt Richeson, and by July, Captain Reuben Lipscomb was in command of this Company.

After the campaigns of Chesapeake Bay, New Jersey, and Philadelphia we find that the 7th wintered at Valley Forge.

On December 11 the army left Whitemarsh for its new winter campsite. Upon arriving at Valley Forge (the forge itself had been burned by the British in September) on December 19, the troops immediately began construction of their huts, and quarters were found for the general and some of the senior officers in nearby farm houses.

Thursday, Febuary 12, 1778.

A warrant for 316 dollars, issue in faver of Captain Reuben Lipscomb, for the extra month’s pay granted to the army under General Washington, by the resolution of the 29th of December last, and which is due to 40 men of the 7th Virginia regiment now on their way to Virginia, who were regularly discharged on the 2 February, and mentioned in a list signed by Brigadier General Woodford, and also to Captain Lipscomb, who conducts them; he to give a receipt for the money, and to account for the same.

By the end of February, Samuel had enlisted for another year, and promoted to Sergeant, and while in route to New York we find the following.

12th July 1778 Sunday, Head Quarters, Paramus, N.J.

At a Genl Court Martial in the right wing of the Army, at Watersession,9th July 1778 Lt. Col. Mead President, Capt. Lipscomb acting Q.M. Genl to the Division commanded by Major Genl Baron Stuben tried for treating the Genl in a disrespectful manner, after considering the charge and evidence, the court is of the unanimous opinion that Capt. Lipscomb is not guilty of the charge against him, and do acquit him with honor- the Genl approves the sentence, he is willing to believe that Capt. Lipscomb did not intend that disrespect to the Baron de Stuben which the Baron apprehended. At the same time he must observe that there was an impropriety in Capt. Lipscomb taking quarters in a house destined for the Genl. commanding the Division.

After the army’s defeat at White Plains, N.Y., Washington retreated to northern New Jersey, where Captain Reuben Lipscomb died October 3, 1778, at Pompton, New Jersey.

Sgt. Samuel Ware served out the year and returned to Virginia, he died 1830, in Middlesex Co.


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