The American Revolution in North Carolina

New Hanover County Regiment of Militia

Date Established:


Officers 9/9/1775:

March 1775

Col. James Moore
Col. William Purviance
Col. Anthony Ward
Col. Henry Young

Col. William Purviance
Lt. Col. Sampson Moseley
1st Maj. William Moseley
2nd Maj. John DeVane

Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors: 

Known Adjutants:

Lt. Col. Sampson Moseley
Lt. Col. Thomas Bloodworth
Lt. Col. John DeVane, Sr.
Lt. Col. John Walker
Lt. Col. Anthony Ward
Lt. Col. Henry Young

1st Maj. William Moseley
2nd Maj. John DeVane, Sr.
Maj. Thomas Bloodworth
Maj. Jeremiah Cotgrove
2nd Maj. John DuBois
Maj. Jonathan Dunbiben
Maj. James Love
Maj. William Moseley
Maj. John Walker
Maj. Anthony Ward
Maj. William Wright
1st Maj. Henry Young

None Known

Known Captains:

Timothy Bloodworth

John Bluford

John Campbell

? Clayton

James DeVane

John DeVane, Jr.

Thomas DeVane, Jr.

William Evans

James Fentress

Thomas Handley

Aaron Haskins

David James

David Jones

Tract William Jones

John King

John Kinneair

Benjamin Larkins

John Larkins

William Larkins

Thomas Lloyd

James Love

George McCulloch

Peter McLammy

James Middleton

Anthony Milford

James Moore

James Nixon

John Robinson

Stephen Shackelford

Charles Simpson

Henry Toomer

? Walker

Henry Waters

Thomas Wright

William Wright

Henry Young

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


James Bloodworth


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 New Hanover 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:


Fort Johnston #3


Briar Creek (GA)


Siege of Charleston 1780 (SC)


Little Lynches Creek (SC)


Camden (SC)


Wilmington #1


Heron's Bridge


Rouse's Tavern


Wilmington #2


Lindley's Mill


Evacuation of Wilmington

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