In May of 1779, the dissolving 3rd NC
Regiment was disbanded and Lt. Col. Robert Mebane was sent home
to rebuild it. Since his health was failing, this was not a quick
solution. The 2nd NC Artillery Company was disbanded in June
An ex-Continental officer who came south
with Major General Benjamin Lincoln, Col. François DeMalmedy
pulled together the almost-disbanded NC Light Dragoons and other
elements into a new NC Light Dragoons Regiment. They were very
useful at the battle of Stono Ferry, SC on June 20th.
By now, the Militia that had been in
South Carolina under Major General John Ashe and Brigadier General
Griffith Rutherford had returned home after the ill-fated battle
of Briar Creek, GA. New Militia units under Brigadier General
John Butler of the Hillsborough District Brigade of Militia were
now in South Carolina under Major General Benjamin Lincoln. Brigadier
General (Pro Tempore) Ambrose Ramsey was back at home overseeing
the remnants of the Hillsborough District Brigade of Militia.
With the inglorious defeat at Briar
Creek, GA, Brigadier General William Bryan resigned on April
27th, and Brigadier General William Skinner resigned on May 10th.
Major General John Ashe resigned sometime during May of 1779.
Brigadier General William Caswell was commissioned on May 8th
to lead the New Bern District Brigade of Militia, replacing William
Bryan. Brigadier General Isaac Gregory was commissioned on May
15th to lead the Edenton District Brigade of Militia, replacing