Some writers have said that "John Bush" served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Joseph Spencer's Company,7th Virginia Regiment, Commanded by Colonel Alexander McMlenachan. He enlisted January 27, 1777.John is not named on militia lists for Amherst co.
Men from Amherst and Buckingham Cos. usually went into the 6th Virginia Regiment (later consolidated with the 2nd Virginia Regiment), but those from Orange Co. went into the 7th Virginia.Soldiers of the 6th and 7th Virginia served with the main army under General Washington until Dec. 4, 1779, when both regiments were transferred to the Southern Department.Both regiments were captured on May 12, 1780, when Charlestown, SC, was surrendered to the British army.See Robert K. Wright, Jr., "The Continental Army," (Wash. DC 1989), pp. 283-288.
If John Bush had been in the Continental army there should be a bounty land warrant for him, but there is not.Militia service for up to 90 days per year, if selected, was a public duty, so militiamen were not entitled to such warrants, but officers and enlisted men of the Continental line were.
But in the end we must conclude that the John Bush of Amherst Co., VA, and Clark Co., KY, was not the "John Bush" who served in the 7th Regiment of the Virginia Continental line.W.W. Scott in "A Hist. of Orange Co., Va (Richmond 1907), p. 248, says that this John Bush "died in Continental service."Furthermore, in R. & S. Sparacio, "Pamunkey Neighbors of Orange Co., Va." (Balt. 1985), p. 136, it states, "Ann Powell proved that she is the mother and heir of John Bush, who died a soldier in the Contl. Service in the 7th Virga. Regmt."This woman appears to be an ancestor of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, one of whose ancestors was a daughter of John Bush, the brother of Philip.So the John Bush who died at Charlestown was a nephew of Philip, not his son.
There is a "John Bush" who served at Pt. Pleasant in Lord Dunmore's War (1774), along with "William Bush," but neither of these Bushes has been identified.There is also a "John Bush" who served under George Rogers Clark in the Illinois Department.Even though William "Capt. Billy" Bush apparently served under Clark, Billy's brother John Bush did not.The "John Bush" who served under Clark had previously been a member of Willing's detachment of Marines from Pennsylvania and what is now West Virginia.After Willing's raid from New Orleans up the Mississippi, John Bush and the other veterans of Willing's expedition served under Capt. George, who had been second in command to Willing, when Willing turned his men over to Clark.It appears that the only Bush brother who actually served in the Continental Army, as such, before moving to Kentucky, was the youngest brother, Francis.In sum, it appears doubtful that John Bush rendered any military service except possibly as a militiaman against Indians.There are few if any rosters of the Cherokee War of 1776.Militia service is usually undocumented except in pension applications.Only a small minority of veterans lived long enough to apply for them.