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

John Buckalew

Loudoun Co., VA
Born 1760
Marengo Co., AL, United States
Died 1838


Like many in the Militia, John Buckalew had several tours of duty, totaling 2 years 9 months. He served in rifle companies of horse under Captains John Purvis, Jefferson Williams, Francis Sinquefield, James Harris, Thomas Ray; Colonels John Purvis, Hammond; and Generals Andrew Williamson and William Davidson. During his service he was engaged in frequent skirmishes while on scouting parties. He was in the Battle of Rocky Comfort in Georgia [2 Mar 1779]; the Battle of Hanging Rock in the edge of South Carolina [August 6, 1780]; the Battle of Cowan’s Ford on the Cahaba River where Gen. Davidson was killed [01 Feb 1781]; and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse [15 Mar 1781]. We believe he was also in one of the Florida Expeditions (probably the 3rd) under Gen. Williamson and may have been in the 1st Cherokee Expedition. He was a Sergeant for the last two years of service. His pension application was rejected for lack of proof of service.


I was living in Edgefield District SC when I first volunteered, I became a Soldier the last time in Mecklenburg County NC. I afterwards lived in Edgefield until 1801 when I moved to Christian County, KY where I resided 4 years & then moved to Pike County, Mississippi (Territory) where I have lived about 7 years from thence to Clark County (Alabama) where I lived one year & then moved to this County of Marengo where I lived the rest of my life.

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Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

American Revolution
Southern Campaign
Battle of Guilford Courthouse