1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 24, 2021 3:04 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Unknown soldiers buried after the Battle of Paoli in 1777

    Tom Lamar Coughlin Newbie

      The day after the battle, the fallen were buried. Years later a monument was erected and of the 53 buried only 14 are named. It appears that the Army records for the names of the 39 Unknown Soldiers no longer exist.


      Can a search of the applications for bounty land warrants be used to identify some of these unknown? In the 1800s the battle location was referred to as "Paoli Tavern", "Paoli Massacre" and "White Horse Tavern" (in at least one application). Is there a database of the applications with computer searchable text? 

        • Re: Unknown soldiers buried after the Battle of Paoli in 1777
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Mr. Coughlin,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service in the Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Record Group 15). The bulk of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. Please note that there is limited word searching ability.  While some records have been tagged or transcribed, not all words in the digitized records have been transcribed, therefore the series is not completely word searchable. Also, please note that not every soldier that served during the American Revolution is represented in this series. For more information about the non-digitized records or for any further questions about the best way to conduct research with these records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          These records are also available on Fold3 at Revolutionary War Pensions and on Ancestry at U.S., War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!