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Charles Richart - fifer
Posted by: Laura Keating (ID *****3136) Date: November 13, 2011 at 16:41:08
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I am researching:

Charles Richart/Reichart/Richard/Reichard - fifer from Westmoreland county Pennsylvania.

How do I get valid documentation of this war record and find out the exact dates served and the regiment(s) etc he was in???

I have found the following info:
From Family Review : Ulster Geneological Review: Number 12, Issue 1996 By Trevor Parkhil

His Revoloutionary War record as it appears in Sons of the American Revolution Genealogies is as follows. Charles Reichard (name also spelled Richard, Reichart and Richart) enlisted 3 April, 1776 in Company of Capt. Henry Christ, Jr in the Pennsylvania Rifles, also know as the Pennsylvania Regiment of the Foot. The companu was commanded by Col. Samuel Miles. He served inthis organization one year and nine months, as a private and a fifer, but had other officers, Robert Gray being one. His total wr service was two years and five months. He participated in the battles of long Island, White plains, Trenton Brandywine and Germantown. In the Genealogies one writer states,
       "After his marriage to Elizabeth Stough on April 22, 1774 he entered the Revoloutionary Army and was with Washington at Long Island, Whiteplains, Trenton and Vally Forge. He crossed the Delaware with Washington Christmas Eve and aided in the capture of the Hessians on Christmas Day 1778, passed through the siege and horrors of Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. With a furlough in his pocket and a pair of new shoes in his knapsack, he lay down to sleep on the night of december 23, 1777 intending to start home early the next morning, but during the night his shoes were stolen. Undaunted, he started home anyway and traveled 50 miles in his stockings, leaving bloody tracks to mark his route"

One person had this info:
Enlished April 3, 1776, in the Company of Captain Henry Christ , Jr., in the Penna. Rifle Regiment, also known as the Penna. St ate Regiment of Foot, commanded by Colonel Samuel Miles. He serv ed a total of 2 years and five months. He participated in the ba ttles on Long Island, White Plains, Trenton, Brandywine, and Ger mantown., Valley Forge Lived in Berks Co., Dauphin Co., Cumberland Co., Franklin Co., W estmoreland Co., Pa. Lived in Berks Co. at the time of his marriage and during his se rvice in the Revolution. In 1790 he lived inDauphin Co

History of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania by John Boucher. illistrated, vol 1
The Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1906
"Charles Richart, Sr., of Mt. Pleasant township, died August 17, 1852, aged 96 years, 10 months and 20 days. His body was interred in St. Paul's (or the Ridge Church) burial ground, near Trauger. He was a fifer in the war."

Born: September 27, 1755, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Marriage: Elizabeth STOUGH April 22, 1774, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Died: August 17, 1852, Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States at age 96
Buried: St. Paul's, Unity Twp. , Westmoreland Co. PA.

Thanks for any info/ideas.


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