The American Revolution in North Carolina

Bladen County Court House

September 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Robert Raiford
Loyalist Cdr:

Archibald MacLaine
Killed:

0
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unk
Original County: 

Bladen County
Present County:

Bladen County

In September of 1782, Capt. Robert Raiford of the North Carolina Continental line burst into the Bladen County Court House at the head of thirty men. He attacked the lawyer, Archibald MacLaine, with his sword for defending a Loyalist who was on trial that day.

The mob beat the court clerk for no apparent reason and then moved the riot out into the street. After electing "field officers," the mob marched around the county apprehending Loyalists without any orders from a higher commanding officer.

A warrant was issued for Raiford's arrest, but he had returned to Major General Greene's army where he had been put in command of the light infantry.

A year later, Capt. Robert Raiford was brought to trial, and he was acquitted.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Capt. Robert Raiford, with 30 men Archibald MacLaine


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