The American Revolution in North Carolina

Dickey's Farm

February 26, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Major Micajah Lewis
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

1
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Orange County
Present County:

Alamance County

With the Loyalist defeat at Haw River the day before, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens (SC, leading NC Militia) was certainly aware that Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton was in the area looking for any and all Patriots, so he placed a rear guard at the ford of a stream near Dickey's Farm. Major Micajah Lewis was an ex-officer in the North Carolina Continental Line, but he had no command and chose to ride with a portion of the North Carolina Militia following Brigadier General Andrew Pickens.

Major Lewis was given a group of men who were part of the rear guard at Dickey's Farm when they heard troops approaching at the far end of the road. It was dark, so Major Lewis rode out to hail them. He did not know that they were the enemy, and they lied to him that they were friends coming from Major General Nathanael Greene's camp to join up with Brigadier General Andrew Pickens.

Major Lewis ordered the men to meet him halfway and then he dismounted. The enemy opened fire. Major Lewis and his horse were hit several times, and he had his thigh broken by a musket ball. His men rushed out to retrieve him and they carried him to Dickey's house. Since the Patriots didn't know how many were behind those firing, they moved three miles away. Major Michajah Lewis died the next day at Dickey's house.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Major Micajah Lewis - Commanding Officer

Surry County Regiment of Militia detachment led by Major Micajah Lewis (killed), with three (3) known companies, led by:
- Capt. William Bostick
- Capt. Joel Lewis
- Capt. Salathiel Martin

Wilkes County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Jesse Hardin Franklin

Unknown number of men, led by Unknown

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