Many of these documents were sold for cash by destitute veterans to land speculators as their bounties were to be paid in land.
Further, some soldiers served two to five terms of service (as short as 14 days), were never out of sight of their homes or "whose participation consisted of watching a hostile ship...", (Heitman, "Historical Register and Dictionary of the US Army", Washington, GPO, 1903, V.2, p. 283).
Combine multiple service periods which made the number of veterans very large with 18th century administration and you can surmise why there was a problem.
James B. Ronan II
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