The American Revolution in North Carolina

Deep River

February 11, 1782


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Charles Gholson
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. David Fanning
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Randolph County
Present County:

Randolph County

On February 11th, Col. David Fanning was supposed to meet with a group of Patriots at Baalam Thompson's home near the Wilcox Iron Works. He was under a flag of truce to discuss his terms for peace, but Capt. Charles Gholson and Capt. Robert Scobey were waiting in ambush for him to ride by.


On the night of February 11th, Loyalist Col. David Fanning and Patriot Capt. Charles Gholson ran into each other once again and both attacked. The fight was short with no losses and both sides withdrew until the next morning. The next day, Col. Fanning made a truce with Capt. Gholson.

Fanning was still hoping for peace. He and Gholson agreed that if Fanning's Loyalists and the Patriot government wanted to come to terms there would have to be no more "plundering, killing, or murdering" by either side.

Col. Fanning sent a new list of demands for a peace treaty to Brigadier General John Butler. On March 9th, Brigadier General Butler sent back a message to Col. Fanning that he did not have the power to agree to his terms, but he would forward the demands to Governor Thomas Burke in Halifax. Governor Burke had escaped from Charlestown and resumed his governorship early in 1782.

Col. Fanning continued to keep an uneasy peace until he had a chance to hear from the governor.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Chatham County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Charles Gholson

Orange County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Robert Scobey
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Col. David Fanning, with:

Major John Rains
Capt. William Rains
Capt. John Cagle
Capt. William Price
Capt. Abner Smally
Lt. Jacob Maness



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