Independence Day

As the United States celebrates another Independence Day we take a look at the Wisharts who fought in the conflict from both sides. Of the Continental Army we have the following men:

PrivateEdward Wishart8th Battalion, Cumberland County Militia, PA
PrivateJames Wishart4th Virginia Brigade
PrivateJohn Wishart2nd Virginia Brigade
LieutenantThomas Wishart15th Virginia Regiment
PrivateWilliam Wiseheart8th North Carolina Regiment.
EnsignWilliam WishartCapt. William Guthries Coy, Westmoreland County Militia
ColonelWilliam WishartPrincess Anne County Militia, Virginia


Uncovering Wisharts who served with the British regiments is a little trickier, and to date we have:


PrivateDavid Wishart34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot


We also have two loyalist Wishart brothers named Alexander and William who had arrived in Miramichi, New Brunswick around 1775. The Wishart’s, as well as others, were plundered by American privateers who were raiding all along the coasts. In 1779 Alexander & William left for the Great Lakes on HMS “Viper” under the command of Captain Chambers and were promoted to lieutenants. They fought the Americans around this area under the command of General Haldimand. Both Wisharts are assumed to have originated in Scotland though as yet we have been unable to determine exactly where.