The American Revolution in North Carolina

Brunswick Town

May 17, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
British Cdr:

Brigadier General Charles, Lord Cornwallis
Killed:

0
Killed:

1
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Brunswick County
Present County:

Brunswick County

On May 16th, American snipers along the Cape Fear River fired upon the British sloop Falcon. The Falcon returned fire with no effect.

The next day, Brigadier General Charles, Lord Cornwallis went on a mission "in the most secret manner imaginable and left in the dead of the night." Nine hundred British Regulars rowed up the Cape Fear River with the intent to burn Brunswick Town, the base camp of many local Patriots.

Lord Cornwallis surprised the sentinels on the outskirts of town and took possession of Brunswick Town with only one man killed. Unfortunately for the British, the town had been abandoned for some time and only a small garrison was stationed here. All that Lord Cornwallis could obtain for his efforts were twenty bullocks and six horses.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Brunswick County Militia, led by Unknown, with unknown number of men Brigadier General Charles, Lord Cornwallis, with 900 men


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