The American Revolution in North Carolina

Stewart's Creek

March 25, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Capt. John Taylor
Loyalist Cdr:

Brigadier General
Charles O'Hara
Killed:

0
Killed:

1
Wounded:

3
Wounded:

Unk
Captured:

0
Captured:

3
Original County: 

Cumberland County
Present County:

Cumberland County

aka Stuart's Ford, located within what is now Fort Bragg.


After leaving Ramsey's Mill in a hurry, Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis again marched his army towards Wilmington. He stopped and camped near Cross Creek and sent out foraging parties under heavy guard. On March 25th, Capt. John Taylor and his company of dragoons encountered eight British dragoons near Stewart's Creek. He killed one and captured three.

Shortly thereafter, the Brigade of Guards arrived and began to cross. Capt. Taylor's men began firing at them from the opposite side. When the British faltered, Brigadier General Charles O'Hara came up and pressed them onwards. O'Hara was still unable to walk from his wound at Guilford Court House, so he had one of the 23rd Regiment Grenadiers to carry him on his back across the river. The general was armed with a double-barrelled fusee and he fired two shots at the Patriots, while on the back of the Grenadier. Three Patriots were hit, probably with a load of buck and ball, so they all fled the riverbank before being surrounded.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

NC Light Dragoons detachment of one (1) known company, led by:
- Capt. John Taylor, with unknown number of men

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Brigadier General Charles O'Hara - Commanding Officer

Brigade of Guards, Light Infantry - unknown number of men

23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) detachment of one (1) company led by Capt. Forbes Champagne

British Legion, unknown number of men



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