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|Abel's last pay chit.
|Pieces of eight. Spanish
|Uniforms of the soldiers and militia.
|Herbal medicine of a soldier.
|Why we went to war.
Abel Johnston was born in 1757. His family had moved from
Southampton County, Virginia to Johnston County, North
Carolina about the time of his birth. His family raised tobacco,
cotton and all the things they needed except salt, and trips to
the port to buy salt became dangerous and life threating. There
came a time when many the colonists were so oppressed by
the King that it was necessary to fight for freedom. Abel was 19
years of age and his wife Anne was 17 when Abel went to war
under Col. Ebenezer Folsom's militia command, an officer
honored for the battle skills of his men. The Colonel called Abel
a "man of great veracity." Abel and Ann believed in liberty and
freedom. The North Carolina Council of Safety called Abel and
men like him "liberty men" since they believed in liberty and
independence. He was also known as patriot and rebel. Not
only did he fight against the Redcoat Soldiers he had to fight
many of his neighbors who were know as Loyalists,
"kingsmen" or Tories. Not every colonist wanted to be free from
the rule of King George.
Abel's story is true and about a young man who was a private
and ended up in the "hose"(cavalry) and fought for most of
eight years. He was at the Battle of Guilford Court House,
March 15, 1781, which turned the tide of the war. He was paid
almost nothing and was never issued a uniform. He took his
own musket from home and used what he could carry in his
haversack or on his back. He had a horse which was his own
since the government did not provide militiamen horses, nor
equipment. His sword most likely was made from the family
You can have his great(4) grandson visit you and tell the story
as no one else can tell it. Larry grew up and worked the fields
within minutes where Abel and Ann lived. This story is real and
not just Hollywood fiction. Develop a new appreciation for your
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|"cloths" of a soldier.
Clothing and gear are
|Herbs were the soldier's medicine
|Items Abel may have carried in his haversack.
|Much of the fighting was hand to hand
combat to the death.. Guilford Court
was such a battle. Three and one-half
hours of sword, tomahawk, bayonet or
the musket used as a club. General
Cornwallis said, "I never saw such
fighting since God made me. The
Americans fought like demons." Six
months later Lord Cornwallis
surrendered at York Towne, Virginia.