|Brandywine battlefield countryside|
Joseph's discharge from service in 1780 was signed by Lt. Col. Francis Barber at Mendham Huts near Morristown, New Jersey. He then joined the crew of an American privateer (a privately-owned ship commissioned by the government to attack and capture British ships at sea - i.e., legalized piracy). We do not know what kind of success he may have had, but ultimately his ship was captured by the British.
Joseph was imprisoned in the infamous "Jersey," a damp, rotting prison ship moored in Wallabout Bay along the Brooklyn shoreline. [More than 11,000 American prisoners died on the "Jersey" and similar ships in New York harbor during the war.] Joseph was released from imprisonment in the fall of 1781 and received Revolutionary War pension #7620 in 1818 while living in Reading, Steuben Co., NY. He died in Ohio in 1840. Click here to learn more about Joseph and his descendants, or click here to view his Revolutionary War pension application.
Lee's Legion (also known as the 2nd Partisan Corps) was a military unit within the Continental Army during the American Revolution. It primarily served in the Southern Theater of Operations, and gained a reputation for efficiency and bravery on the battlefield.On 2 Apr 1783 he received Virginia Land Office Treasury Warrant #15275 [as an assignee for Daniel HENRY who was an assignee for Michael RYAN] for 1000 acres on the head of the East fork of Long Lick Creek in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Kentucky was then a part of Virginia and had only two counties; this property may now be in Bullitt County, KY). Click here to see the land grant record. In 1820 he again applied as a Revolutionary War veteran for a grant of 200 acres of Virginia "bounty land" Click here to see this Virginia bounty land application.
The original unit was raised June 8, 1776, at Williamsburg, Virginia, under the command of Light Horse Harry Lee for service with the 1st Continental Light Dragoons of the Continental Army. On April 7, 1778, the Legion left the 1st CLDs and became known as Lee's Legion. It included elements of both cavalry and foot, and typically was uniformed with short green woolen jackets and white linen or doeskin pants, somewhat mimicking the British Legion in appearance. When Lord Cornwallis moved his British Army into North Carolina, Lee's Legion entered South Carolina to protect that colony and to harass British expeditions. Often, the Legion served with Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter in these missions. In 1781, it participated in the Siege of Ninety Six.
The Legion saw considerable action at the Battle of Camden, Battle of Guilford Court House, and the retaking of Savannah, Georgia. It served through the Battle of Yorktown, which essentially ended the war. The Legion was disbanded at Winchester, Virginia, on November 15, 1783.
Somerset County locations where Fulkersons settled, and where battles occurred, |
include New Brunswick, Millstone, Raritan and Bound Brook. The map also shows
the locations George Washington selected for the Continental Army's winter encampments.