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Re: Jethro New/Revolutionary War
Posted by: raymond price-waddington (ID *****3973) Date: June 02, 2010 at 09:19:36
In Reply to: Jethro New/Revolutionary War by Linda of 1056

Linda -
You've missed the point of my entire posting. Your secondary or tertiary source material is in error. Primary source mterial is always superior to secondary source material. Either Postmaster Harry New confabulated on his application to the SAR or he lied. Jethro New did not serve at Cowpens. Professor Bobby Gilmer Moss [The Patriots at Cowpens, A Press, Greenville NC, 1985; Lawrence Babbits, A Devil of a Whipping (1998) gives a good discussion of the standards of evaluation for this sort of primary source material - in the preface] managed to recreate the entire roster for the 1st Delaware at Cowpens and Jethro New was not there. I have examined it on 2 occasions, the first time being about 1995. The 2nd Delaware was disbanded after a brief service period of about 6 months. Andre was hung at Tappan, NY on 2 Oct 1780 meanwhile the 1st Delaware survivors of the Battle of Camden were regrouped about 16 Sep 1780 under Capt Kirkwood, Col Howard and Gen Morgan in northern NC and remained in the southern theater of the war until beyound the Battle of Cowpens in mid-January 1781. Since it is impossible for someone to be in 2 places at the same time, since the 2nd Delaware did not serve at Cowpens, since Jethro New does not appear on the roster of known soldiers for the Delaware Continental Line soldiers who served at Cowpens, since Jethro New is reported to have served in the 2nd Delaware, which was present for crowd control at Andre's execution, it therefore is a logical impossibility for Jethro New to have served at Cowpens.


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