Today we marked the grave of Patriot John Howerton, enlisted as a Private in 1775 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He served in Captain John Morton’s Company, Colonel Scott’s Virginia Regiment, later called the 4th Virginia Regiment and commanded by Colonel Adam Stephens. He participated in skirmishes at Portsmouth and Suffolk, Virginia, then traveled to the Head of Elk River in Maryland and from there through Philadelphia and Newark to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where they joined General George Washington’s Army following their retreat from Fort Washington.
He is known to have participated in the Battles of Long Ridge, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown. He was encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and endured the hunger and terrible cold during the severe winter of 1777-1778.