The American Revolution in North Carolina

Jumping Run

August 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Lt. Col. Samuel Hill
British Cdr:

Major James H. Craig
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

1
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Jones County
Present County:

Jones County

aka Jumping Creek.


British Major James H. Craig left his occupation headquarters in Wilmington and ventured out on punitive missions throughout the Patriot countryside. This trip, he was headed to New Bern. All along the way, the North Carolina Patriot Militia did what little they could to harass and to snipe at his troops - they could not muster a significant number of men, and what little they could muster had very little ammunition - for some reason.

During their march towards New Bern, just prior to reaching Webber's Bridge, the British and Loyalist army surprised a small group of Patriots at their encampment below Jumping Run (now known as Jumping Creek). After minimal resistance, the British took at least one known prisoner - Lawson Mallard.

Lawson Mallard was taken to Wilmington (after the British ransacked New Bern for two days) where he was confined for three months. He was then taken to Charlestown, SC and confined to a prison ship for eleven months before he was exchanged and returned home.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Lt. Col. Samuel Hill, Jones County Regiment - Commanding Officer, with at least two (2) known companies, led by:
- Capt. Frederick Hargett
- Capt. Risden McDaniel

Unknown number of men, including Lawson Mallard (POW)

Major James H. Craig - Commanding Officer

82nd Regiment - 32 men

NC Independent Dragoons, 78 men led by Capt. Robert Gillies

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