The American Revolution in North Carolina

Webber's Bridge

August 17, 1781


Patriot Cdr:

Brigadier General John Alexander Lillington
British Cdr:

Major James H. Craig
Killed:

0
Killed:

3
Wounded:

Unk
Wounded:

5
Captured:

0
Captured:

0
Original County: 

Craven County/
Jones County
Present County:

Craven County/
Jones County

aka Sanders Bridge, Saunders Bridge, Trent Bridge.


British Major James H. Craig left his occupation headquarters in Wilmington and ventured out on punitive missions throughout the Patriot countryside. This trip, he was headed to New Bern. All along the way, the North Carolina Patriot Militia did what little they could to harass and to snipe at his troops - they could not muster a significant number of men, and what little they could muster had very little ammunition - for some reason.

At Webber's Bridge, Brigadier General John Alexander Lillington did what he could to delay Major Craig. The Patriots managed to actually kill three British Regulars and to wound five others. Governor Thomas Burke had ordered Brigadier General Lillington (and the other militia leaders) not to risk a major battle with Major Craig.

Known Patriot Participants

Known British/Loyalist Participants

Brigadier General John Alexander Lillington - Commanding Officer over the Wilmington District Brigade of Militia

NC Militia - Unknown number of men

Major James H. Craig

Unknown number of men

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