The American Revolution in North Carolina

Brunswick Town

April 6, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Col. James Moore
Loyalist Cdr:

General Sir Henry Clinton
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

6
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Brunswick County
Present County:

Brunswick County

After the victory of Moore's Creek Bridge, Congress appointed James Moore as a brigadier general in command of all the forces in North Carolina on April 10th, 1776.

Four days earlier, upon learning of the British fleet arriving at Cape Fear on March 12th, Col. James Moore marched 120 men of the 2nd NC Regiment and 449 men of the 1st NC Regiment to Wilmington. Adding in the local militia, Col. Moore had 1,847 men assembled to face 700 British Regulars on board the military transports anchored offshore. He had his men to erect two artillery batteries armed with 6-pounders and 9-pounders, then had his men to sink hulks in the Cape Fear River to block the channel below Wilmington.

General Sir Henry Clinton was able to land foraging parties along the shore and in one skirmish the British captured one Patriot officer with five men near Brunswick Town. The Royal Navy cruised the general area and fired salvos at anyone who exposed themselves on the shore. They also picked up a few survivors and refugees of the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

General Clinton issued a proclamation urging the citizens to return to the King. He promised to pardon all those who would come in and reaffirm their allegiance - except for Robert Howe and Cornelius Harnett, two ardent Patriots from Brunswick County and New Hanover County. Howe and Harnett were named as outlaws by the British ministry since they organized the first militia used against the King.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Col. James Moore - Commanding Officer

2nd NC Regiment (Continentals) - 120 men

1st NC Regiment (Continentals) - 449 men

Brunswick County Militia, led by Unknown with unknown number of men

Other NC Militia, with unknown number of men

General Sir Henry Clinton - Commanding Officer

Foraging Party, led by Unknown with unknown number of men

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