The American Revolution in North Carolina

Fanning's Mill

August 28, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. Hector McNeill
Killed:

Unk
Killed:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

several
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Montgomery County
Present County:

Montgomery County

With the recent victories of others, local Loyalists were encouraged and they struck out to raid the countryside. Col. David Fanning and his men were working their way up and down the Cape Fear River. Col. John Slingsby and his men were in Bladen County (getting whipped at Tory Hole), and Col. Hector McNeill was at McPhaul's Mill.

Throughout eastern North Carolina, the British and Loyalists attempted to eliminate any Patriot abilities to disrupt their operations. Furthermore, the British did not want North Carolina Patriots to provide any aid and assistance to their brethren in South Carolina - as they had already done up to now.

However, things were a-changing, as they say. With the recent news of Major General Anthony Wayne headed south, and the loss of Col. John Slingsby in Elizabeth Town, the British and Loyalists no longer had anything to celebrate. Col. David Fanning and Col. Hector McNeill were the only organized protagonists left in the Cape Fear region, other than the shrinking Major James H. Craig in Wilmington.

Col. Hector McNeill learned that some of Col. Thomas Wade's men were at Richard Fanning's mill in Montgomery County, and he rode to that location with 70 Loyalists under his command. His troop surprised the Patriots and captured several of them.

Col. Wade learned of this and immediately pursued Col. McNeill with four hundred mounted militiamen.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Unknown number, led by Unknown Col. Hector McNeill, with 70 Loyalists


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