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Trumpeter ~ Capts. Henry Lee, Peyton; Cols. Bland Henry Lee, Light Horse Legion
Posted by: jc (ID *****5058) Date: August 08, 2010 at 06:28:25
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I have several questions. I would like to know the specific duties of a "trumpeter". Are there any military records(preferably posted online)showing the roster(s) of men who served for these officers? How many men served in the Light Horse Legion? How could I find the names of the battles in which he was engaged?

He entered the service of the United States in 1776 in the Sate of Virginia under the commmand of Captain _____ Therevne (spelling?) in a company Called Minute-Men. They were ordered to Hampton from Hampton to Portsmouth, the Company was then going to be disbanded and the said Joseph Benjamin enlisted again in the service of the United States for three years under the Command of Henry Lee who was then Captain of a troop of horses under the command of Col. Bland from thence they were taken to the (word scratched)inserted northward Henry Lee then got a Major Commission and commanded the troops of horses ~ he the said Joseph Benjamin was then put in the first troop commanded by Capt. Payton and served as trumpeter his time out with statisfaction to his offerand that he was regularly discharged in Burlington in the State of New Jersey in the year 1779.
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I certify that Joseph Benjamin enlisted in the service of the United States in the year Seventeen Hundred & Seventy Six in The Troop of Horse commanded by Capt. Henry Lee, as a musician and continued to serve as such until the year Seventeen hundred & seventy nine, was then discharged by Lt. Col. Henry Lee at the time he was _____? in Burlington New Jersey

Be it remembered that on thy second day of August in the year 1820 personally appeared before the undersigned one of the State of Maryland's Justice of the Peace and for the County appears Joseph Benjamin, resident of Cecil County in the State of Maryland he being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangely of & Almight God did depose declare and say that he enlisted at Portsmouth in the State of Virgnia in the Summer of 1776 in Captain Lee's Company Troop attached to the Regiment commanded by Colonel Bland, that he was afterwards transferred to a Troop commanded by Captain Peyton and which formed a part of the Legion commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lee, called Lee's Legion, that after three years had elapsed, being the term for which the Deponent had enlisted, he was discharged at Burlington in New Jersey by Colonel Lee which discharge they Deponent hath long since ____ unable to read the word.

BENJAMIN, Joseph

VIRGINIA Rank: NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER
Birth: 1748 ENGLAND
Death: 7 Oct 1825 CHARLESTOWN CECIL CO MARYLAND
Service Source: *S34643

1)       ALSO PRIVATE, TRUMPETER, CAPTS HENRY LEE, PEYTON;
2)       COLS BLAND, HENRY LEE, LIGHT HORSE LEGION

From a biography:
He emigrated to America and settled in Maryland. In the following year, 1775, he went to Virginia with the intention of making that colony his permanent residence; but before he had finally made up his mind where he would locate himself, the war between Great Britain and her American colonies broke out; and while he was in Amelia county finding that Major, afterwards Lieutenant-colonel Theodoric Bland was forming a regiment of cavalry, he enlisted in it and as assigned to Captain Henry, popularly called “Light Horse Harry” Lee’s troop, from which he was afterwards transferred to Captain Peyton’s troop of the same regiment, in which he served throughout the war; at the close of which he was ranked as trumpeter for in 1820, when he applied for and was granted a pension for his services by congress, (See executive papers of the sixteenth congress, first session, volume 4, January 20, 1820) he is recorded as being the “trumpeter" of Lee’s Legion of Maryland troops.


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