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.