Andrew McGaffey

1st Lt. Andrew McGaffey, 3rd N.H. Continental Line

Andrew McGaffey was born in Epsom, New Hampshire in 1743 He served as a Sergeant in Colonel John Stark’s New Hampshire Regiment in 1775. At the Battle of Bunker Hill, Sergeant McGaffy was in Captain Henry Dearborn’s Company and was wounded. In 1776, Sergeant McGaffey was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the New Hampshire Militia. He was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment on November 8, 1776. His name appears on signed receipts for supplies for his men while encamped at Valley Forge. 1st Lt McGaffey resigned his commission in November of 1778 but was not formally discharged until June 1, 1779. He died on August 20, 1825 and is buried in Whiteface Cemetery in Sandwich, New Hampshire.

Sources: “To George Washington from Brigadier General Enoch Poor, 31 May 1779,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018 [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, vol. 20, 8 April–31 May 1779, ed. Edward G. Lengel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, pp. 711–712.]; Revolutionary Graves of New Hampshire, A list maintained by the NHSSAR; Selected Wartime Service Records for 1st Lt Andrew McGaffey.