His father was an acquaintance of Washington’s and was killed at the Battle of White Plains in New York on October 28, 1776. Read the rest at: https://thevoiceofreason.blog/this-day-in-history/ #VOR
Gray never received a veterans pension because his term of enlistment was too short, but about a year before his death, he was finally granted one by special act of Congress.
At least we can see from the story of John Gray that at least one thing is consistent, the government has always gone out of their way to screw veterans.
He died on March 29, 1868 at 104 years, 2 months and 23 days old, surviving three wives and all but one of his four children.
John was a lifelong Methodist and a lifelong tobacco chewer.
Wow - they don’t make them like they used to. It’s would have been great to sit around and listen to the stories he had to tell. Few people get to live that long and experience something that significant.