The American Revolution in North Carolina

Cape Fear River

February 10, 1776


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Lewis Dupree
British Cdr:

Capt. Francis Parry
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

Unk
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Brunswick County/New Hanover County
Present County:

Brunswick County/New Hanover County

The Patriot ship America sailed into and up the Cape Fear River not knowing that the British had two ships stationed there. She was easily captured by the HMS Cruizer. The America held three puncheons* of rum and six thousand bushels of salt.

British Capt. Francis Parry did not have any men to spare to sail the ship up to New York, so he had his men to detain the America until May of 1776. When the British had to leave the Cape Fear for Charlestown, Capt. Parry had the America burned.

Ten days after the initial capture, a party of fifty men from HMS Cruizer sailed up the Cape Fear River and raided John Ancrum's plantation. Capt. Lewis Dupree with his Brunswick County Militia discovered the sailors and chased them back to their ship.


*A puncheon contains approximately 80 gallons.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Brunswick County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Lewis Dupree
Capt. Francis Parry - HMS Cruizer, with 60 men and 12 guns
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