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The Harford County chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has digitized a list of the 2,765 Harford County residents who served in the Revolution, either as soldiers or supporters of the cause.

Bill Batton, of Fallston, a member of Harford County's Sons of the American Revolution chapter, spearheaded the effort to put this list into an easily-shared digital format.

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"Members of the Sons of the American Revolution are supposed to keep the names and memories of the revolutionary war veterans," Batton said Tuesday. "We used to do this by erecting monuments and this is like a modern-day monument."

The original list was compiled in 1985 by Henry Peden, of Bel Air, who is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution as well as the president of the Historical Society of Harford County and a member and researcher with the Harford Geneological Society.

Peden, who has compiled and published more than 150 similar documents within the past three decades, says he compiled the list so Harford County men interested in joining the Sons of the American Revolution would be able to easily determine whether they were eligible, as the organization is only open to the direct descendants of the veterans and patriots from the American Revolutionary war.

Veterans are defined as those citizens who participated in the military actions of the Revolutionary war, while patriots were citizens who aided and abetted the revolutionary cause during the war.

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