Revolutionary Pension Applications of William Tiller

Law Order Book 6, Page 29

May 05, 1818

William Tiller, who resides in the County of Russell in the State of Virginia, wishing to become a pensioner pursuant to the provisions of an Act of the Congress of the United States, passed on the 18th day of March, 1818, entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the revolutionary War," personally appeared in Court, and declared upon his oath, that he enlisted at the Valley Forge, he believes in the year 1778 in the 12th Virginia Regiment as a private soldier, which Regiment was commanded by Colo. Parker (he forgets his christian name), and in the company commanded by Captain Samuel Lapsley; He also served under Colo. Nathaniel Guess and Lieut. Colo. Clark; He believes he served about five years, and was discharged at Williamsburg in Virginia he thinks by Major Leftwich. He was at Stoney Point in the Sate of New York under Genl. Wayne, Commander when an engagement took place in which 450 of the enemy were made prisoners. Colo. Givson and Colo. Ball were present at the battle. The Corps he served in was called the flying camp; Lord Sterling sometimes commanded the American Division. On the 13th day of July at night the Americans took the fort. The commander ordered a halt in a little field a short space before the attack commenced, each man had a small piece of white paper in his hat in order to distinguish the Americans from the British; that the Americans advanced in three columns in making the attack, one column marched up the river, another down, and the third on the flank. He also stated that he was in the siege of Charleston. And from the knowledge which some of the members of the Court themselves have as well as from other satisfactory evidence, the Court are unanimously of opinion, and do hereby certify that the said William Tiller is a person of credit as a witness that it was generally understood in the neighborhood of the residence of the said William Tiller previous to the passage of the said Act of Congress that the said Tiller had served in the Revolutionary War; and that the said William Tiller is in such reduced circumstances in life, as to need assistance from his country for support. All which is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of the Department of War.

This information was transcribed by Michael A. Dye.