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Ask a Genealogist: My ancestor was a Revolutionary War deserter.

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I believe my ancestor from Rhode Island was a Revolutionary War soldier but he deserted.  Can you offer me a published source to find out if this was true?

Answer:

I would strongly suggest examining the book by James C. Neagles, Summer Soldiers, a survey & index of Revolutionary Courts-Martial. (Salt Lake City, UT, Ancestry, 1986).  If your ancestor deserted and never was captured he may not be liste in this publication.

Posted by David Lambert at 06/10/2013 11:56:20 PM | 


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