Neal McGaffey

2nd Lt. Neal McGaffey, 2nd Regiment N.H. Continental Line – Original Member

Neal McGaffey was born at Epsom, New Hampshire, 30 September 1756, son of John and Jane (McClary) McGaffey, and nephew of Major Andrew McClary. Neal appears as a Private in Captain Henry Dearborn’s 8th Company of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was promoted to Sergeant in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment on January 25, 1777. Neal McGaffey was appointed the Sergeant Major of the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment, Continental Line on December 23, 1778. On May 1, 1779 he was commissioned an Ensign in that Regiment to date from November 14, 1777. On January 1, 1781 he transferred to the 2nd New Hampshire due to the elimination of the 3rd New Hampshire as part of the consolidation of the New Hampshire Line from three regiments to two. On June 1, 1781 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd New Hampshire. He resigned his commission on July 1, 1782.

After the Revolution he became one of the original 30 members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire on February 5, 1784.

He died at Epsom in 1824.

Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army (Baltimore, 1914), 370; Selected Wartime Service Records of 2nd Lt Neal McGaffey.