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In August 1780, Pvt. David Faulkenberry battled the British at Hanging Rock, SC. Fifty-three years later, he received a $33.33 pension for his service. By then, the details of the fight were lost in the backwaters of his memory.

Seeking out Faulkenberry's history has been as challenging as his own struggle to recollect the battle. I found the clue that led me to his pension file — and, I hope, an avenue to his earlier years — in an afternoon's foray on USGenWeb <>.

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