12 December 2013

The Rest Of William Roark's War Story?

Here's the gist of William Roark's Revolutionary War story, the way I understood it.  A note* attached to my WorldConnect Rootsweb database may tell the rest of the story.

Was he actually a deserter?

*Actually, William Roark was not originally among Lochry's command that was on its way to join George Rogers Clark's main body. Roark was one of most of the small Monongalia County, VA Militia Company of Capt. Michael Catt that deserted from George Rogers Clark's group and made their way up the Ohio toward home until apprehended by Lochry's contingent from Westmoreland. The 17 deserters were detained, and 10 survived the ambush.

The note also included a link to the Message Boards > Topics > Military > American Revolution > General > Captured and killed, Aug. 1781, "Lochry's Defeat."
William Roark survived the ambush, but may not have been the willing participant I thought he was.

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