The American Revolution in North Carolina

Cumberland County

October 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Robert Mebane
Loyalist Cdr:

Henry Hightower
Killed:

1
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Cumberland County
Present County:

Cumberland County

After demonstrating his courage and leadership at both Lindley's Mill and Brown Marsh, Lt. Col. Robert Mebane was told that his services were needed in the northern part of the state. He departed, taking only his servant with him.

On the way northward, he came upon the "noted Tory and horse thief" Henry Hightower. Lt. Col. Mebane charged the Loyalist. As he got close enough to srike with his sword, Hightower wheeled and fired his musket, killing Lt. Col. Mebane on the spot.

Henry Hightower was later captured and hanged in Williams Township for the murder.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. Robert Mebane - killed

William C. Smith - servant

Henry Hightower

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