The American Revolution in North Carolina

Fort Johnston

November 16-21, 1775


Patriot Cdr:

Unknown
British Cdr:

Capt. Francis Parry
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Brunswick County
Present County:

Brunswick County

The British sloops-of-war HMS Cruizer and HMS Scorpion were ordered to retrieve the heavy guns and ammunition that had been removed from Fort Johnston earlier in July and placed along the nearby shore at that time.

As British sailors put the cannons onto a transport, the HMS Cruizer fired upon the Patriot Militiamen in the nearby woods around the abandoned fort. Forty British sailors and marines remained in the burned-down fort with swivel guns while the sloops anchored just offshore. While HMS Cruizer was firing grapeshot, those within the old fort fired their muskets and swivel guns to keep the Patriots out of range of the workmen along the shore.

This retrieval operation took five days until all the guns from the fort had been removed from the shoreline. Afterwards, HMS Cruizer and HMS Scorpion sailed back to their previous positions at the Cape Fear Harbor.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Brunswick County Militia, with unknown number of men and unknown leader.

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Capt. Francis Parry - HMS Cruizer, with 60 men and eight guns

Capt. John Tollemach - HMS Scorpion, with 100 men and 22 guns

Royal Marines - unknown number with unknown leader



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