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|Creator:||Barton, William, fl. 1776-1779.|
|Title:||William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal|
|Abstract:||Kept by a lieutenant in the First New Jersey Continental Regiment during Major General John Sullivan's expedition against the Indians. The journal covers the period May-October 8, 1779. The major portion of Lieutenant Barton's journal was printed in: NJHS Proceedings, Ser. 1, 2 (1846): 22-42; Frederick Cook, comp., Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779...(Auburn, NY, 1887), pgs. 3-15.|
|Quantity:||.08 linear feet (1 volume)|
|Collection Number:||MG 232|
William Barton, the son of Gilbert Barton of Upper Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, entered the Continental Army in 1776 as an ensign. He was promoted in the First Regiment of New Jersey, from first lieutenant to quartermaster and then captain. While serving as first lieutenant he partook in General John Sullivan’s expedition against the Iroquois in the Wyoming and Susquehanna valleys in 1779. He was discharged from the Continental Army at the end of the war.
William Barton married Mirabean Lawrence and together they had two sons: Eleazer and Jacob. Barton and his family settled near Marcella, New Jersey.
This collection consists of a journal kept by William Barton from May 11 to October 8, 1779. Barton writes daily about the day’s activities which often consist of breaking camp, marching in the Wyoming or Susquehanna River valleys, and setting up camp. He gives a brief description of the terrain and notes any unusual events. One such example is on June 12, 1779, when Barton’s regiment, the First New Jersey Regiment of the Continental Army, was attacked by Native North Americans who killed six or seven patriots and wounded another nine. The journal has been reprinted in the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, pages 22-42.
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|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Barton, William, fl. 1776-1779.|
|United States. Continental Army. New Jersey Regiment, First.|
|Indians of North America--Wars--1775-1783.|
|Military officers--New Jersey.|
|Sullivan's Indian Campaign, 1779.|
|United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.|
|Wyoming Valley (Pa.)|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 232, William Barton (fl. 1776-1779), Continental Army Officer Journal, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.
Hoskins, Barbara. Men from Morris County New Jersey Who Served in the American Revolution. (Friends of the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township, Morristown, New Jersey, 1979).
Striker, William S. Official Register of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967).
Who Was Who in America Historical Volume 1607-1896, (A. N. Marquis, Chicago, 1963).
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