The American Revolution in North Carolina

Leonard's Creek

November 2, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

None
Loyalist Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

2
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Rowan County
Present County:

Davidson County

Valentin Leonhardt and Wooldrich Fritz were neighbors along Leonard's Creek who had enlisted in the Patriot army. Leonhardt enlisted when he was 55 years old, and all of his sons had also served. In the battle of Guilford Court House the two neighbors fought side by side and survived to return home.

Unfortunately, many of their German Loyalist neighbors were bent on revenge.

Two weeks after Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, the two men were both shot in their own homes by local Loyalists. Fritz died immediately. Leonhardt survived for another eleven days. Both men were buried in the present-day Pilgrim United Church of Christ cemetery.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Valentin Leonhardt

Wooldrich Fritz

Unknown number of Loyalists, led by Unknown

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