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Revolutionary War Allotments

Each state determined its veterans' land allotment. Legislation by the Virginia General Assembly and research by Bockstruck indicates Virginia paid the following bounties for service in the Revolutionary War:

  • Sailor or soldier who served three-year enlistment or to the end of the War - 100 acres
  • Noncommissioned officer who enlisted and served three-year enlistment - 200 acres
  • Sailor or soldier who served throughout the War - 400 acres
  • Noncommissioned officer who served throughout the War - 400 acres
  • Subaltern-Cornet - 2000 to 2666 acres
  • Subaltern-Ensign - 2000 to 2666 acres
  • Subaltern-Lieutenant - 2000 to 2666 acres
  • Surgeon's Mate - 2666 to 8000 acres
  • Surgeon - 2666 to 8000 acres
  • Chaplain - 2666 to 8000 acres
  • Captain - 3000 to 4666 acres
  • Major - 4000 to 5333 acres
  • Lt. Colonel - 4500 to 6666 acres
  • Colonel - 5000 to 8888 acres
  • Brigadier General - 10,000 acres+
  • Major General - 15,000 to 17,500 acres

Where any officer, soldier or sailor fell or died in the service, his heirs or legal represenentatives were entitled to and received the same quantity of land as would have been due the officer, soldier or sailor, had he been living.