Robert Love – Letter About Pension Application
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Copy of a letter received by Mrs. Margaret Hilliard from the Pension Department, Washington, D.C., and explains itself.
Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Madam: Washington, D.C. Nov. 15, 1895
In response to your request for the military record of Robert Love, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, I have the honor to advise you that in April, 1833, while residing in Waynesville, in the County of Haywood, N.C. he made an application for pension, and from an examination of the papers it appears that he first entered the service in the year 1776, and was engaged for about three months as a Teamster under Col. William Christie, in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians; and in the year 1777, served about three months in the same capacity at Fort Henry, on Long Island, Holston River. In the year 1778 he was stationed at Fort Robertson, which was located at the head of the Clinch and Sandy rivers, in what was then Montgomery County, Virginia, and served as Sergeant in Captain Jehu Stephens’ Company against the Shawnee Indians, from the month of April to October; 1780 served about six months against the Tories as a Lieutenant under Col. William Campbell, but the name of this Captain he could not remember. This service was rendered on Tom’s Creek, New River, Cripple Creek, at the Moravian Old Town in North Carolina, and on an excursion up to near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin; in 1781 was engaged about two months in Guilford County, North Carolina, and in that vicinity against Cornwallis, and was in the battle with his Army at Wetzell’s Mills on the 6th of March of that year; the name of his Captain this year he did not state, but his Regiment was commanded by Col. William Preston; in 1782 was stationed at Fort Robertson as a Lieutenant in Captain William Love’s company, from June to October.
He was born in Augusta County, Virginia, in the year 1760, and when called into service was residing in Montgomery, now Wythe County, Virginia. He afterwards lived in the County of Washington, then in the State of North Carolina, but now in the State of Tennessee.