In South Carolina of at least thirty-four Jewish soldiers served in what would become known as the “Jew Company” under Captain Richard Lushington. The Jews who served in Lusington’s company did not constitute a majority, but since most of them had been conscripted as a group from the King Street shopkeepers of Savanah, they all served in the same outfit. The “Jew Company” gave a good account of themselves. One of the captain’s men was Jacob I. Cohen, who fought with his comrades at the Battle of Beaufort. Lushington certified in 1779 that Cohen had “in every respect conducted himself as a good soldier and man of courage.”
Five years later, as a member of the Richmond law firm of Cohen & Isaacs, Cohen hired a frontiersman named Daniel Boone to survey his lands on the Licking River in distant Kentucky.