The American Revolution in North Carolina

Bull Run Creek

March 13, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Henry Lee (VA)
British Cdr:

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton
Killed:

1
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Captured:

30
Original County: 

Guilford County
Present County:

Guilford County

aka Edwards Crossroads


Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis marched his forces towards the Deep River Quaker Meeting House, all the while being watched by Col. Otho Williams's Light Corps. As the enemy crossed over a branch of the Deep River, Lt. Col. Henry Lee waited with his dragoons. When the rear of the line came to his location, Lt. Col. Lee struck. James Edwards was a Quaker living four miles from New Garden and he heard "the firing of pistols and a desperate screaming of the women and children attached to the army."

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton wrote that, "The legion dragoons repulsed the enemy's detachment with some loss, and the royal army encamped on the 13th at the Quaker's meeting-house."

Sergeant Major Seymour wrote, "On the 12th Colonel Lee's Horse fell in with a party of the British, killing and wounding a great many, taking thirty of them prisoner."

James Edwards added that the next day he "counted twenty-six horses lying dead on the ground, nine of which were within a space of twenty steps." He was with his father and a neighbor that day, and "Their attention was presently attracted by their dogs to a large hollow log, which was near a spring and about two hundred yards distant. As the wolves were then numerous and were following in the course of the army, like a jackal's.... they found a dead man in the log." He also wrote, "he understood that two of the British were killed on the ground," but how many were wounded on either side, he never learned.

One of Lt. Col. Lee's men was so badly wounded that he died within a few days at a home in the neighborhood.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. Henry Lee - Commanding Officer

Lee's Legion, with unknown number of men

Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton - Commanding Officer

British Legion, with unknown number of men



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