The American Revolution in North Carolina

Haw Fields

March 1779


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. Henry Connelly
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

Unk
Original County: 

Orange County
Present County:

Alamance County

aka Hawfields.

In early March of 1779, many Loyalists in North Carolina began gathering at the Haw Fields in what is today Alamance County. They were planning to march to Georgia and join the British army there.

The Patriot Militia company under Capt. Henry Connelly dispersed them quite handily.


In his 1834 pension application, Drury Rigsby (S30681) asserts:

"That he entered the service as a common soldier on the 19th day of April 1779 under Captain [Joshua] Hadley in Rowan County North Carolina [Lt.] Colonel [Archibald] Lytle for 6 months, he was drafted for the time aforesaid from Salisbury he marched through Randolph County, and to the Hawfields in the month of May, he was marched down on the Haw [River], and Deep River during that year, in July he got back to Salisbury the Tories had attacked again at the Hawfields and being assisted by the Scotch people the militia under [Lt.] Colonel Lytle, marched and came up with them at the Hawfields and a smart engagement ensued between the Scots, and advanced guards and the Tories were at length beaten by the militia there being no regular officers in the country or in North Carolina a few of the Tories were killed and some few taken prisoners after this he was marched down to Guilford at Martinsville and returned to Rowan County in September 1779."

The primary problem with the above assertion is the fact that from most other accounts, Lt. Col. Archibald Lytle was actually in South Carolina with Major General Benjamin Lincoln along the Savannah River, then marched towards Stono Ferry during the time-frame described above.


Not sure if these are two different events or one, but the dates do not agree.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants
Guilford County Regiment of Militia detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. Henry Connelly, with unknown number of men

Unknown number of Loyalists, leader unknown

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