He first enlisted in Union District, SC July/August 1775 and marched to Ninety Six, about 60 miles from Union District, and was in the battle of Ninety Six, and after this Battle obtained a furlough to go home where he enlisted one Bob Glenn to supply his place, having served about 3 months. In early 1779 he volunteered for a tour of 3 months, under Capt. William Grant, Lt. Col. James Steen and Col. Brandon, and marched into GA near Briar Creek. At Savannah River they had an engagement with the Tories and were routed; the next day we attacked them at Kettle Creek and routed them, this tour lasted 3 months. Directly afterwards he volunteered into a company commanded by the same Captain William Grant and was appointed a life Guard to Colonel Brandon and stationed at his house, this tour lasting 3 months. He was then drafted into the Militia, at the same place, and under the same Officers, and to Charleston and was stationed there 3 months, being in no battle during this tour.