Pennsylvania in the Revolutionary War

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Organization[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania Military Units[edit | edit source]

Most units were numbered. Some were named. See the list below for links to more detailed information.

Pennsylvania regiments typically consisted of # companies recruited from specific areas of Pennsylvania.

County and Townships[edit | edit source]

To determine the counties and townships that made up Pennsylvania Militia Units (1775), visit the Pennsylvania Achieves website. Click on the county your ancestor was from.

For places where regiments and battalions recruited during the War, visit the pages below.

Pennsylvania Regiments[edit | edit source]

Battles Fought in Pennsylvania[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

David Library of the American Revolution
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 748
Washington Crossing, PA  18977
Street Address: 1201 River Road
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Phone: (215) 493-6776
Fax: (215) 493-9276

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Service Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library and the National Archives have the:

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

1840 Census[edit | edit source]

Regimental Rosters[edit | edit source]

Regimental rosters with biographical information of Pennsylvania soldiers are published in:

Linn, John Blair, William Henry Egle, and Joseph McClellan. 1880. Pennsylvania in the war of the revolution, battalions and line. 1775-1783. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, State Printer

Online at;view=toc;c=darltext

Committees of Safety[edit | edit source]

Guides to Military Units[edit | edit source]

For guidebooks to Pennsylvania's military units for the Revolutionary War, the following sources are helpful:

  • Lynn, John W. Pennsylvania Lineages of Revolutionary War Regiments. Grand Junction, Colo.: Lynn Research, 1986. FHL Book 974.8 A1 no. 235.
  • Trussell, John B.B. and Charles C. Dallas. The Pennsylvania Line; Regimental Organization and Operations, 1776-1783. Harrisburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1977. Digital version at Family History Archive.

Internet Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]