Revolutionary War - Pennsylvania Line Troops Mutiny

Contributed by Ann Baughman


Memorial of the Officers and Privates of the "Putnam"

A petition was made to "his Excellency, Thomas Wharton, Esq. President of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , Captain, General, and Commander in Chjief, in and over the same:

It states that the troops marched overnight from Trenton to Princeton "in the most inclement season" and engaged the English. Their baggage wagon "which contained all our clothing and necessarys" apparently wasn't present "and the circumstances of the campaign deprived us of seeing the baggage wagon again until the 23rd of January, when to our great damage the articles in the enclosed list was missing, being either lost, stole, or plundered."

This article had thirty-three signatures, including:

James Makemson, 3rd Lt., Andrew Makemson, Thomas Makemson, William Makemson. The petition was undated but probably executed by 1777.

There were seven Makemson boys that were in the Revolutionary War. Five of these served on the Floating Battery "Putnam" with two of them being killed while trying to raise the Fort flag.

The Makemson family were in Pennsylvania about 1759 coming from the Scots-Irish colony. Settling first near Philadelphia, then to York Co., then to Maryland.


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