State of North Carolina (Superior Court of
Wake County (Law Spring Term 1833
On this the 4th day of April personally appeared before me, Robert Strange, one of the Judges of the Superior Court of Law and Equity for the State and County aforesaid in open court, William Polk of the State and County aforesaid, aged seventy-five years on the 9th day of July next ensuing, who being first duly sworn according to the law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.
That he entered into the service of the State of South Carolina in the War of the Revolution in the capacity of a Second Lieutenant in the month of April 1775 in the company company (sic) commanded by Ezekiel Polk, Capt., in the third Regiment of the South Carolina State Troops of mounted infantry commanded by Col. Wm. Thompson, Major (James) Mason. The company rendezvoused in what is now York District, South Carolina and marched thence to Ninety Six, thence to Dorchester, thence to Granby where we were joined by the Militia of South Carolina. These assembled to oppose the Tories entrenched at Ninety Six and marched thence to Ninety Six where we pursued the Tories to a place called the Great Cane Break, where an engagement took place in which action this declarant was on the 22nd day of December 1775, wounded in the left shoulder. With this wound, he
was confined for a space of 8 or 9 months. And immediately after his recovery, to wit, on the 26th of November 1776,, he was appointed a Major in the 9th North Carolina Regiment upon continental establishment, in the War of the Revolution---he having held his commission of Lieutenant in the South Carolina State Troops from April 1775 to the said 26th November 1776; that having been commissioned as Major, 1 joined my regiment at Halifax, North Carolina. In the month of April 1777, he having in the interim been on duty by the command of General Moore at Charleston, South Carolina and Willington, North Carolina.
The Colonel of the 9th Regiment was John Williams and the Lieutenant Colonel John Luttrel. The command of the Regiment by reason of the absence of Col and Lieut. Col. dissolved upon this declarant - and he marched with the regiment to Georgetown, then in the State of Maryland, now District of Columbia, where they were innoculated with the smallpox. From thence after their recovery from the smallpox, they marched to Trenton, New Jersey, where they joined the Grand Army under General Washington and marched