Moore and his Revolutionary Army Experience
Pliny Moore was born in 1759 and would have
been 18 years old in 1776 when the Declaration of
Independence was signed. At this
time, he was living in Spencertown, New York. With war
brewing, Pliny contemplated enlisting in the
military as early as 1775. A
friend, John Fellows, Jr., wrote to him on
December 26, 1775, from the Camp at Dorchester: “If you dont
list as I have been informed you had a great
mind to if you will stay till spring I will
list with you if it is very cold ”
Pliny enlisted in the army in April of 1776
when he was still 17. A letter
24, 1776, from a friend reads: “I hear
you have Listed into the Continental Service
to go to Quebec.
I believe that I shant go with you this
Pliny received other letters, probably
from family or friends in Spencertown, on July 7
and 28, 1776, when he was in Captain O’Hara’s
Company (in Colonel
Cornelius D. Wynkoop’s regiment) at Tye
[Ticonderoga], Crown Point and Fort George, New
this period, he contracted small pox. Pliny
was also a Private in the First Regiment, New
York Line, under Colonel Goose Van
In 1778, Pliny’s enlistment was complete
and he went home.
In 1779, he became a Deputy of Colonel
Peter Van Ness, Assistant Commissary of Purchases. A
November 10, 1780, Certificate by Major John
McKinstry showed that Pliny proceeded to Albany to
join his company.
Also around this time, it was written that
he reported for military duty but was not needed.
In June of 1781, Pliny enlisted in Colonel
Marinus Willett’s Regiment of Regular Levies,
which was part of Captain Job Wright’s Company. He was a
Lieutenant and Adjutant in this regiment. His
commission was dated July 24, 1782. He
may have served mostly in the Mohawk Valley. A
letter from his friend Elisha Pratt, 3d, dated
October 13, 1781, stated: “When I read
the Characters of Gen’l Starks and his
Aid-Decamp and at the same time am informed that
you are a Member of his Honorable Family...” Also
among Pliny’s papers is a Remonstrance to Brig.
General. Stark, Oct. 5, 1781. Another
letter, dated September 20, 1781, was addressed to
in Col. McKinster’s Regiment in Saratoga.
It was also written that Pliny was a
Lieutenant and Adjutant in Major Elias Van
Bunschoten, Jr.’s Independent Corps, whose
commission was also dated July 24, 1782.
In February of 1783, Pliny was still in
Colonel Marinus Willett’s Regiment where he was in
a forced march to Oswego. By the
summer of 1783, Pliny was stationed at Fort
Rensselaer (later called Fort Plain) when George
Hugh McLellan wrote a long article about
Pliny’s experiences during the July 4
His article was based on a letter written
by Pliny to the publishers of a newspaper about
Finally, Pliny may have been a Captain (#7)
in Lieutenant-colonel Philip Van Alstyne’s
regiment of Columbia County Militia. This
commission was dated September 13, 1786, as Hugh
Hugh wrote a summary of Pliny Moore’s
military record in his Moorsfield Press
publication about Job Wright’s Company:
MOORE'S MILITARY RECORD.
Private, Captain Henry O'Hara's company
(in Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop’s regiment). See
note, p. 14; also Fernow, N. Y. in Rev. I, p.
Private in First Regiment, New York Line,
Colonel Goose Van Schaick. (Roberts, N. Y. in
Rev., I, p. 24).
Deputy of Colonel Peter Van Ness,
Assistant Commissary of Purchases, in 1779.
(Clinton Papers, v, p. 223).
Lieutenant and Adjutant in Colonel
Marinus Willett's regiment of Regular Levies,
Capt. Job Wright's company. (Commission dated 24
July 1782; and Roberts, N. Y. in Rev., I, p.
Lieutenant and Adjutant in Major Elias
Van Bunschoten, Jr's Independent Corps.
(Commission dated 24 July 1782, and manuscript
“Return of the New York State Battallion
Commanded by Major Elias Van Bunschoten who are
Retiring from Service”, dated Schenectady, 9
Captain in Lieutenant-colonel Philip Van
Alstyne’s regiment of Columbia County Militia.
(Commission and Council of Appt., I, p. 98).
"dated Sept. 13, 1786"].
An extensive summary was compiled by Hugh
McLellan of Pliny Moore’s published military
Note that some of the information is not
of Pliny Moore:
(From the SAR.
Mass. Hist. Memoranda, Best. 1897)
Canadian expedition, and at Quebec, in 1775. [Not
correct - DSP]
Capt. (Job) Wright’s Co., Gen. Williett’s
[Willett’s] Reg, and Adjutant;
Yorktown, Va., and elsewhere [Error: Hugh
wrote: ‘not so’]
(From the Mass.
Soldiers & Sailors in the War of Rev.
Bost. Vol. X, 931)
Joshua Whitney’s Co., Col. Josiah Whitney’s
Regt.; service from July 31, 1778, to Sept.
14, 1778, 1 mo, 18 days, at Rhode Island, Roll
[Very Questionable - DSP]
(N. Y. in the
Revolution, Vol 1, p. 24)
Private in 1st
Regiment of the Line, Col. Goose VanSchaick.
(Same, p. 87)
Also in NY in
Rev. by Fernow, Albany 1887, p 260, 539)
Adj. in Col. M. Willett’s Reg. of Levies
Lieut: July 24,
Adj: Nov. 7,
Commissions of Pliny Moore:
July 24, 1782. Lieut.
Independ. Corps, Elias Van Bunschotten Jr.
July 24, 1782. Lieut.
Regular Levies, M. Willett Lieut. Maj. Col.
Sept. 13, 1786. Capt.
#7 of a Co. in the Reg. of Militia in the
County of Columbia. Philip
Van Alstyne, Lieut. Col. Comm.
Letters concerning Pliny Moore’s
Dec. 26. John
Camp at Dorchester, to Pliny Moore
“If you dont list as I have been
informed you had a great mind to if you will
stay till spring I will list with you if it is
very cold ”
Letter Apl. 24,
hear you have listed into the Continental
Service to go to Quebec. I
believe that I shant go with you this summer.”
I shall expect a
letter from you before you march as I hear it
out till next Monday.
to him from Spencertown, July 7, & 28,
1776 are addressed to Mr. Pliny Moor, in Capt.
O. Harrows or Oharrows Company, at Tye
[Ticonderoga], Crown Point & at fort
Nov. 10, 1780
Certificate of John McKinstry Maj, that PM had
proceeded to Albany to join his Company.
Elisha Pratt, 3d, dated Oct. 13, 1781 says:
“When I read the Characters of Gen’l Starks
and his Aid-Decamp and at the same time am
informed that you are a Member of his
Honorable Family...” and among his papers is a
Remonstrance to Brig. Genl. Stark, Oct. 5,
20, 1781 addressed to Lieut. More in Col.
McKinster’s Reg’t — Saratoga.