At least one, and perhaps
two, Seidenstrickers served the United
States during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. This revolt in
Washington County, Pennsylvania, stemmed from reaction to the
imposition by Congress in 1791 of a moderate excise tax on
distilleries. The mountain men considered the tax as unjust and
tyrannical as the British Stamp Act had to all Americans some
25 years earlier. Governor Thomas Mifflin refused to enforce
collections for fear of losing popularity.
President Washington accepted this challenge to the authority of
the federal government and asked Congress to authorize him to call
out the militia. Congress did, and on 7 August 1794, the President
mobilized 15,000 militiamen from four states. He then led the army
himself, over the Alleghenies, to crush the revolt.
Philip Silknitter is listed among the privates in the Fifth Class on a
list dated 7 July 1794 of the names of every male white person
between the ages of 18 and 45 inhabiting or residing within the
district of Captain John Brubeaker's Company, Middle Paxton
Battalion, Dauphin County Militia (PA:6:5:246).
A "Return of the 1st and 2nd Classes of the Militia of the County of
Dauphin, Draughed and Ordered to March against the Insurgents
in the Western Parts of Pennsylvania" lists "Philip Seidesbricker"
among the privates in the second class of Captain William
McFarland's Company, Colonel Valentine Shouffler's Regiment No.
4, Dauphin County Militia (PA:6:5:289).
Between the Whiskey Revolution and the War of 181214, only
Michael Silknitter, Senr., is known to have been active in the militia
organization. He is listed among the privates in the first class on a
list dated 1797 of each and every person between the ages of 18 and
45 years inhabiting or residing within Captain Evan Russel's
District, the Sixth Company, Fifth Regiment, Lancaster County
Militia Battalion (PA:6:5:383).