The American Revolution in North Carolina

Alamance

March 15, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Jacob Duckworth
Loyalist Cdr:

Capt. David Fanning
Killed:

1
Killed:

1
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Orange County
Present County:

Alamance County

After the defeat of Col. John Pyle's troops, David Fanning and his recruits rode upon the battlefield. When he learned that Lt. Col. Henry Lee's troops were still in the area he had his men to split up to avoid detection. Over the next two weeks his Loyalists avoided the two opposing armies marching across North Carolina.

Some historians claimed that David Fanning was at the battle of Guilford Court House, but he was actually surprise-attacked that morning in his own camp by Capt. Jacob Duckworth. Each side had one man killed. Fanning and his men fled, leaving their horses and weapons.

Later, Fanning and three men went in pursuit of Capt. Duckworth and they were able to retrieve fourteen of their horses.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Chatham County Regiment of Militia detachment one one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Jacob Duckworth

Capt. David Fanning, with unknown number of men

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