John Lane, Pvt.

John Lane was born in Baltimore, in 1756. His family moved to the Huntingdon area when he was 9 years old. In 1779 he enlisted in Cluggage’s rangers. John served in the Huntingdon area, protecting the region until the harvest. He manned Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley acting as a ranger, helping protect the lead mines. After his 9 months enlistment under Cluggage he reenlisted under Captain William Phillips.

Lane then served 3 months as a “Scout” or “Wood Ranger” in Phillips Rangers. These men would scout for 4 days of every week, watching for signs of any enemy activity.

The most common incursions were those of Native Americans who had taken the side of the British. The Rangers were also engaged regularly as escorts between fortified positions. After the deaths in a brutal attack against Phillips Rangers the unit was disbanded.

Jacob Ripley mentions an incident where Lane was shot. This is omitted in his own papers. This does not seem to be uncommon with those wounded while in service. Men share the troubles of others, but at times omit their own. After the war he married the daughter of a Quaker family and owned a copper mine in Frederick Md. where he was buried.

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