Robert Higgins began the war in 1776 as a junior officer in Captain Abel Westfall's company of the 8th Virginia. In the spring of 1777 he was given his own company, but had a hard time recruiting because word had spread about the number of men who had died from malaria and smallpox. Then, on October 4, he was captured by the enemy at Germantown. After the war, he built a log house in Moorefield, West Virginia, which is still standing. He only lived there a few years before heading farther west to Kentucky and then founding Higginsport, Ohio.
Here is a recent photo of the House in Moorefield, which was built between 1786 and 1788. The clapboard siding is not a modern addition. Until the 20th century, log houses were routinely given siding if and when the owners could afford it. To read more about Captain Higgins, read this article at the Kentucky Society of Sons of the American Revolution website. To read more about 18th and 19th century log cabins, view this essay from the National Park Service.
is researching the history of the Revolutionary War's 8th Virginia Regiment. Its ten companies formed on the frontier, from the Cumberland Gap to Pittsburgh.
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