Technically, the War of
the Revolution ended with the preliminary
treaty of peace signed on 30 November 1782, some 13 months after
Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown. On 3 February 1783, Benjamin
Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams signed the definitive treaty.
That same day, Great Britain executed treaties with France, Spain,
and the Netherlands. The entire transaction was called the "Peace
However, it was not until 12 March 1783 that news of the
preliminary treaty of 30 November 1782 reached America. The
British did not complete their evacuation until Thanksgiving, but
by Christmas Day 1783, it was all over.
There were, however, enough interstate brawls to cause great
disquiet. So Pennsylvania, as did other states, kept her militia.
Private First-Class Philip Seidenstricker, who served in Captain
Thomas Robinson's Company during the war, remained on the
muster rolls for at least a year afterward. However, the Company's
designation was changed to the Eighth Company, Fourth Battalion,
Lancaster County Militia. His name is shown as "Philip
Sidenstricer" on the muster roll dated 21 April 1783 (PA:5:7:450)
and as "Phl. Sidenstriker" on the Muster roll dated 19 April 1784
Mickel Silknitter is listed on the muster roll for the Spring of 1787 of
Lieutenant Colo's Company, the Second Company, Fourth
Battalion, Lancaster County Militia. That muster roll was sworn to
before Henry Markly 17 December 1787 (PA:6:3:515).