The American Revolution in North Carolina

Near Whitesell's Mill

March 7, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Sgt. Maj. John Perry,
QM Sgt. William Lunsford
British Cdr:

Unknown
Killed:

0
Killed:

16-18
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

included in above
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Guilford County
Present County:

Guilford County

After the skirmish at Whitesell's Mill, Col. Otho Williams sent out two parties of observers at the rear of his column. Sergeant Major John Perry led one party and Quartermaster Sergeant William Lunsford led the other party, both under Lt. Col. William Washington (VA). Each sergeant had four men with him.

These observers spotted 16-18 British recruits "in levy uniforms" ride up to a farmhouse in an irregular manner. A few of the enemy dismounted. Before they could stride up to the farmhouse, the two Patriot teams joined forces and charged, cutting down every single one of the enemy recruits, then rode away without a scratch.

This had been accomplished in plain view of the British Legion who was on the other side of the farmhouse fence.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Sgt. Maj. John Perry, with four men

QM Sgt. William Lunsford, with four men

16-18 British or Loyalists, leader Unknown

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