The American Revolution in North Carolina

Craven County Regiment of Militia

Date Established:


Original Officers (9/9/1775):

June 8, 1775

Col. Joseph Leech
Col. John Bryan, Sr.
Col. Christopher Neale
Col. John Sitgreaves
Col. John Tilman

Col. Joseph Leech
Lt. Col. John Bryan, Sr.
1st Maj. John Benners
2nd Maj. Frederick Becton

Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors: 

Known Adjutants:

Lt. Col. John Bryan
Lt. Col. Lemuel Hatch
Lt. Col. Basil Smith
Lt. Col. Richard Dobbs Spaight
Lt. Col. Benjamin Stiles

1st Maj. John Benners
2nd Maj. Frederick Becton
Maj. John Allen
Maj. David Barrow
Maj. Bonner
Maj. John Bryan, Jr.
Maj. Samuel Campbell
Maj. John Tilman

Charles Johnson
George Rankin

Known Captains:

John Allen

Joseph Allen

Shadrack Allen

Aaron Arnold

? Battle

John Blanks

William Blanks

? Bledsoe

Jesse Bryan

John Council Bryan

Nathaniel Bryan

Henry Cannon

John Coleman

John Daly

Levi Dawson

Frank Delaware

Hardy Gatlin

Farniford Green

James Green

Frederick Hargett

Edmund Hatch

Thomas Hyre

S. L. Ives

Lewis Jones

? Leith

? Maston

James Mayo

Archelaus Meeks

John Moye

Christopher Neale

John Nelson

Richard Nixon

James Pearce

James Perkins

Charles Roach

David Roach

Thomas Shine

Henry Smith

Thomas Stephenson

John Stevenson

Silas Stevenson

Thomas Tyre

John Vance

Archibald Weeks

Rickerson Weeks

Joshua Windham


William Windham

Known Lieutenants - Captain Unknown:

Jesse Bryan

Church Caraway

William Dawson


Shadrack Fulcher


Known Ensigns - Captain Unknown:

Gideon Carraway


Daniel West

Known Sergeants - Captain Unknown:


John Dew


Known Privates / Fifers / Drummers, etc. - Captain Unknown:

Richard Carter

Jacob Cole

John Davis

Swain Davis

? Ebenezer

Thomas A. Green

Joseph Hodges

George Hooper

Jonathan Mason

Waxel Perry

Joseph Seburn/Soburn

J. Wallace


Burrell Whitington


Brief History of the Regiment:

On September 9, 1775, the Provincial Congress authorized thirty-five (35) existing county Militias to be organized. All officers were appointed and commissioned by the Provincial Congress.

The Craven County Regiment was active until the end of the war. Units of this regiment were known to have participated in the following known battles/skirmishes:


Known Battles / Skirmishes:


Moore's Creek Bridge


Briar Creek (GA)


Stono Ferry (SC)


Siege of Charleston 1780 (SC)


Little Lynches Creek (SC)


Camden (SC)


Hobkirk's Hill (SC)


New Bern #1


Rockfish Creek



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