The American Revolution in North Carolina

Cape Hatteras

June 27, 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

5
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Hyde County
Present County:

Dare County

In June of 1779, a small fleet of privateers were harassing the shipping around the coast of North Carolina.

On June 26th, one of the tenders of the privateer fleet chased a vessel belonging to Edenton over the Ocracoke Bar. The tender followed for several miles until it became too dark to follow. Col. Thomas Bonner of the Beaufort County Militia expected a raid by the privateers, and took a boat to Mattamuskeet.

The men at Mattamuskeet did not wait for Col. Bonner and his Militia, and they laid an ambush in the sand dunes north of Cape Hatteras. The privateer fleet, consisting of two brigs, one schooner, and one sloop, had spotted a herd of cattle grazing in the area - not knowing that the ambushers had placed the cattle at this location to lure the enemy on shore.

The privateers sent three boats to acquire the cattle and as soon as they got onshore the Mattamuskeet men rushed down from the sand dunes and killed five of them. The privateers fired upon the ambushers, and this allowed the remainder of the landing party to return to their boats and thereby to their ships.

The Mattamuskeet men took the weapons off the dead and sold their belongings for $900.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Hyde County Regiment of Militia - Unknown number of men, led by Unknown

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Privateer Brig Unknown #1 - Capt. Unknown

Privateer Brig Unknown #2 - Capt. Unknown

Privateer Schooner Unknown - Capt. Unknown

Privateer Sloop Unknown - Capt. Unknown



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