Wanted to share this short vignette about Captain Cornelius Lott of the New Jersey militia (b. 1738).
My ancestor Christopher Van Arsdal was Capt. Lott's orderly sergeant during the Revolution (and probably a relative, since Lott's mother was Petronella Van Arsdalen).
In Christopher's Revolutionary War pension application he seemed to be mentally sharp, though (he said) about 95 years of age.His deposition included this memory of the war's end:
"In the year 1781-2 he was frequently called out and served some times two or three weeks and some times less. In this situation he continued from 81 until the Surrender of Wallis at Littleyork in VA, when he was called upon by Capt Lott upon hearing the good news to notify the men in the district to meet at Sommersett old Court house to rejoyce, we all met and burnt all the bar [?] barrels we could get, he well recollects that Capt Lott got so drunk that he was unable to stand up, he laid down and beat yankee doodle with his elbows."