Silas Sterling first entered service 15 May 1780 from York Dist, SC in a Ranger company under his brother Capt. John Sterling and Col. Neel guarding the frontiers for 4 months and participating in several small engagements. He next entered service for 5 months under the same officers, and was ordered to pursue “Bloody Bill” Cunningham, and in Jan 1781 joined Thomas Sumter’s army and marched to Buck Head and then Orangeburg. He next entered service from Orangeburg in Sep 1781 under Capt. Gideon Jennings and Col. Rumph, and marched toward Charleston and had engagements at Dorchester and Spargues, then in Nov joined a company under Capt. Peters and Maj. George Mee, being appointed an Orderly Sergeant for 2 months, then serving another 2 months as Orderly Sergeant under Capt. Hannah. He served in the capacity of a private ten months as Orderly Sergeant 4 months making in all fourteen months service in the Revolutionary war.