The American Revolution in North Carolina

Beck's Ford

September 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Robert Roper
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. David Fanning
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

1
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Unknown
Present County:

Unknown

Location currently unknown. Probably in Randolph County.


After the skirmish at Little Raft Swamp, a Capt. Robert Roper collected a small group of Patriots and marched up Deep River to attack Col. David Fanning. Col. Fanning and his men were at Beck's Ford when they saw Capt. Roper's men approach on the other side. He attempted to cross with just one other man, named Short. As soon as they entered the river to cross the Patriots fired upon them and Mr. Short was wounded - they quickly withdrew, and Col. Fanning ordered his men to mount up.

The Loyalist troop moved to another ford a few miles downriver, but were too late. Capt. Roper had withdrawn his force from the immediate area. Col. Fanning pursued them through the night and into the next day, but finally gave up the chase. On his return, Col. Fanning captured two men, Wyatt and Tomlinson, who he attempted to hang, but his men stopped him once again.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Capt. Robert Roper - Commanding Officer

Unknown number of men, unknown unit

Col. David Fanning - Commanding Officer

Unknown number of Loyalists



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