The American Revolution in North Carolina

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From early 1781 until April 24, 1782, the NC Continental Line performed a self evaluation to determine how best to record seniority and to list who should be the ranking officers in each of the four authorized regiments. Even though many officers were still prisoners due to the Fall of Charleston, SC on May 12, 1780, they continued to have seniority and three officers were therefore considered still "in charge" of the first three regiments. Many other officers resigned and took half pay for life, therefore, Lt. Col. Archibald Lytle was determined to have rank and now commanded the 4th NC Regiment.

Since Col. Benjamin Williams had resigned as the commander of the NC State Regiment, Maj. Joel Lewis was now in charge. It took the NC General Assembly almost another year to recognize that he should have been promoted to Colonel upon Williams's resignation, and they ultimately back-dated his promotion to that resignation date. Most pensioners later recalled that Joel Lewis was considered to command and most called him a Colonel, even though at this point in time he was officially only a Major.

Col. James Read of the NC State Regiment was still a prisoner after being captured by Loyalists at Hillsborough on September 12, 1781. There were now 50 counties and 50 regiments of Militia. Most active Militia units were either chasing Loyalists or driving cattle to South Carolina to help feed Major General Nathanael Greene's army. The British in South Carolina were now almost entirely confined to Charlestown and their influence was slowly waning.


In September of 1960, volume VI of the "North Carolinian" identified an "Estimate of Militia, April 1782" as found among six boxes of papers in the NC State Archives. This publication provided the following estimates of North Carolina soldiers by district and county as of April of 1782:

Halifax District: Total - 4,002. Franklin County - 557; Warren County - 621; Halifax County - 690; Northampton County - 587; Edgecombe County - 683; Nash County - 512; Martin County - 352.

Salisbury District: Total - 8,792. Guilford County - 853; Rowan County - 1,500; Surry County - 700; Wilkes County - 581; Burke County - 730; Mecklenburg County - 960; Lincoln County - 366; Rutherford County - 250; Anson County - 484; Montgomery County - 460; Richmond County - 340; Washington County - 1,000; Sullivan County - 568.

New Bern District: Total - 3,983. Carteret County - 237; Craven County - 657; Beaufort County - 288; Hyde County - 235; Johnston County - 480; Dobbs County - 614; Pitt County - 648; Jones County - 400; Wayne County - 424.

Edenton District: Total - 3,380. Bertie County - 659; Chowan County - 234; Gates County - 398; Perquimans County - 240; Camden County - 416; Currituck County - 259; Pasquotank County - 358; Hertford County - 415; Tyrrell County - 410.

Wilmington District: Total - 2,815. Onslow County - 438; Brunswick County - 156; Cumberland County - 566; New Hanover County - 128; Duplin County - 927; Bladen County - 600.

Hillsborough District: Total - 3,850. Orange County - 800; Granville County - 800; Caswell County - 600; Randolph County - 400; Wake County - 650; Chatham County - 600.

Grand Total - 26,882. "The above estimate is exclusive of those persons in the Continental Service, the nine months draught, and others exempted in the State from military duty." /S/ Alexander Martin (Gov. of NC).


The above edited excerpt of the September 1960 "North Carolinian" was provided by Mr. Howard Rainwater of China Grove, NC in June of 2013.


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