The American Revolution in North Carolina

Robesons' Plantations

August 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

None
Loyalist Cdr:

Col. David Fanning
Killed:

0
Killed:

0
Wounded:

0
Wounded:

0
Captured:

20+
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Bladen County
Present County:

Bladen County

After Major Samuel Andrews joined up with Col. David Fanning right after the action at Cumberland County Court House by other Loyalists on August 14th, this combined force crossed the Cape Fear River at Cambellton and marched southward towards Wilmington along the river.

In Bladen County, they passed by the home of Patriot Capt. Peter Robeson and burned down his house. Across the river was the plantation of Col. Thomas Robeson, Jr., the brother of Capt. Peter Robeson. Col. Fanning sent a detachment across the river and they burned that plantation as well. They also took several men prisoner, paroling all but twenty (20) of them.

After seven days of raiding down the Cape Fear River, Col. David Fanning delivered his prisoners to Capt. John Leggett, Major James H. Craig's second-in-command, on August 24th.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

None known, 20 prisoners

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Col. David Fanning - Commanding Officer

Major Samuel Andrews

Unknown number of Loyalists



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