Peter Dygert (Tygert) Pension Application
This pension application shows some very interesting service. Peter Dygert fought at Oriskany, Stone Arabia, Johnstown and many local battles. In the Battle of Stone Arabia, Oct. 19th he was ordered out in battle under the immediate command of Col. Brown in Palatine at Stone Arabia, generally called Brown's Battle, against Sir John Johnson, his army or force consisting of about one thousand and our force not exceeding 200. (The usual number given who were fighting with Col. Brown was about 300.)
State of New York
Year 1775 served as Private under Capt. Breadbag, Lieutenant Zielly, 2nd Lieutenant J. Eaker, Nicholas Van Slyck Ensign under Col. Klock, Lieut. Col. Waggoner, Major John Frey, Major Eisenlord and Major Van Slyck in Palatine Montgomery County, New York State. Applicant enrolled under Capt. John Breadbag in the fall of seventy-five and called in for company training to the house of Philip Empie. He was born 24th Nov. 1759 and is now aged 73 years 8 months and 7 days on the 31st of July 1833.
Year 1776 date not known but in the spring he served 17 days as Private with Capt. Breadbeg, 14 days in Jan., being under General Herkimer’s orders to march to Caughnawaga to Veeders Flats the company on alarm there stationed 3 days; from thence they marched to Stone Arabia too. Stationed there two weeks and ordered out with the whole Brigade and joined General Schuyler at Caughnawaga where he was stationed for several days. All the men paraded in the ice then all went under command of General Schuyler causing Sir John to surrender with about 300 men with arms.
Year 1777. In May or June he served 8 days and during summer and fall 28 days under Capt. Breadbag. On alarm ordered out to Saratoga, after marching to Amsterdam they were countermanded to march to Johnstown. He was stationed there several days then discharged. Drafted twice under Capt. Breadbag to Herkimer each time 14 days, to Fort Dayton in the service of the United States by order of General Herkimer. August 6 went on duty 15 days then 22 days under Capt. Breadbag of General Herkimer Brigade engaged in that memorable battle and continued until the enemy were withdrawn-Battle at Oriskany, at which battle General Herkimer was slain; Col. Cox; Major Eisenlard, Major Clapsaddle, Major Van Slyck and killed in battle. Brigade Major Frey wounded and taken prisoner; about 200 slain on that day and a number of our men taken prisoner and wounded. Capt. Breadbeg wounded.
Year 1778. In the course of the winter; served 2 months 19 days then 6 days pressed by soldiers to take soldiers from Fort Plain to Fort Stanwix. In the spring enlisted in the United States services under Capt. Leffler attached to the company of boatmen boating on the Worth River, transporting provisions and supplies for the United States troops stationed at the respective forts.
Year 1779. Served nine months, under Capt. Leffler, again enlisted for the second period for 9 months to the same boat company and faithfully served in the United States service. He never received a written discharge only verbally on each term. At time of the general conflagration at Caughnawaga while others were ordered out to march in pursuit of the incendiaries, the applicant was directed by his superior officers with some others, to guard the inhabitants who were moved into Fort Keyser; and accordingly did watch and guard the same.
During the summer served 24 days and same fall. 14 days under Capt. Zielly of Col. Wagner's Regiment. Ordered out and stationed at 3 different times exclusive of the first time at Fort Keyser performing garrison duty same year each term eight days. Ordered out and stationed at Fox Fort fourteen days rendering garrison service in succession.
Oct. 19th served two days under Capt. Zielly with Col. Brown. Was ordered out in battle under the immediate command of Col. Brown in Palatine at Stone Arabia, generally called Brown's Battle, against Sir John Johnson. Johnson's army or force consisting of about one thousand and our force not exceeding 200. Col. Brown was slain in battle, about 45 killed. In our retreat, and the old settlement of Stone Arabia totally desolate with the little exception, as well then up and down the Mohawk Valley for about 20 miles or exceeding.
Year 1781. In July served 3 days with Col. Willet. The enemy put to flight Oct. 25. With Capt. Zielly served In Col. Willet's Command. Ordered out with Col. Klock's Regiment., engaged in Johnstown Battle against Major Ross and Capt. Butler with 800 Tories, Indians and some regular troops. A number of lives lost, prisoners taken, and wounded men on both side. Capt. Zielly was taken prisoner. During the season served 1 month 15 days with Capt. Zielly, ordered out and stationed at Fort Keyser rendering garrison duty. During summer and fall served 1 month 15 days with Lieutenant Waggoner, ordered out and stationed at Fort Fox performing garrison duty.
Some time in the winter he served 15 days with Ensign Van Slyke drafted to Fort Remsnyder at the time Capt. Kyser and sons were taken prisoner. Latter part of winter served 14 days under Capt. Zielly of Col. Klock's Regiment, ordered out and stationed at Fort Timmerman on an alarm at another time, year forgotten, served 8 days under Capt. Melly of Col. Willet's Reg't. ordered to Bowman’s Creek under Col Willet in pursuit of the enemy.
Total length of service 3 yrs. 8 months and 14 days; and for such service I claim pension.
(Signed) PETER TYGERT.
Subscribed and this 9th day of August 1833 before me, John C. Searle, Justice of Peace, Attest. by Geo. D. Ferguson, Clerk.
Examined and countersigned, J. L. Edward, Commissioner of Pensions.
No. 24112 New York Award
Peter Dygert, Town of Palatine in the State of New York, who was a Private
in the company commanded by Capt. - of the Regiment commanded Col. - in the
New York line for 8 1/2 months inscribed on the roll of New York at the rate
of 28 dollars thirty three cents per annum. to commence on the 4th day of
Certificate of Pension Issued 1st day Nov. 1833.