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Honored by Gen. John Archer Elmore Chapter, AL Sons of the American Revolution

Robert Cunningham

York Co., PA
Born 1760
Tuscaloosa County, AL, United States
Died 1839


He first entered service in Mecklenburg Co, NC in 1780 as a private for 3 months under Capt. William Hutchison and participated in the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill [20 Jun 1780] in Lincoln Co. He next served as a private for 12 months under Capt. Richard Springs and marched to Rugeley’s Mill SC, joining the troops commanded by Gen’l. Horatio Gates and participated in the Battle of Camden [16 Aug 1780]; after the battle he engaged in scouting parties against the British and Tories until he joined Gen. Nathanael Greene’s Army in Dec and was at the Crossing of the Dan River [14 Feb 1781]. About Mar 1781 he began a 10 month tour as Orderly Sgt. under Capt. Samuel Martin and Col. William Polk, and was in the battles of Strawberry Ferry [16 Jul 1781] and Goose Creek Bridge [15 Jul 1781]; then was detached with about 300 other horsemen to harass the British advancing toward 96 which was under siege by Gen. Green [22 May - 19 Jun 1781] and was frequently engaged in skirmishing with the enemy.


After the war, [Autumn 1792] he moved to Hancock Co, GA and resided there about fifteen years as Pastor of a Presbyterian Church. About 1807 he moved to Lexington, KY and was there engaged in the same occupation for over fourteen years. About 1822 he moved to Moulton, Lawrence Co, AL, and in 1826 bought a farm 11 miles from Tuscaloosa and moved there where he lived the rest of his life. He founded the Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa and was pastor there for 8 years.

Military Rank

Orderly Sergeant

Years of Service


Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

American Revolution
Southern Campaign