The American Revolution in North Carolina

Onslow County Regiment of Militia

Date Established:


Original Officers:

September 9, 1775

Col. William Cray
Col. Uriah Armstrong
Col. Henry Rhodes
Col. John Spicer
Col. George Mitchell

Col. William Cray
Lt. Col. Henry Rhodes
1st Maj. Thomas Johnston
2nd Maj. James Howard

Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors: 

Known Adjutants:

Lt. Col. Henry Rhodes
Lt. Col. Joseph Scott Cray
Lt. Col. Reuben Grant
Lt. Col. Thomas Johnston

1st Maj. Thomas Johnston
2nd Maj. James Howard
Maj. Ephraim Battle
1st Maj. John Boston
Maj. Benajah Doty
2nd Maj. George Mitchell
Maj. Snead

None Known

Miscellaneous Players:


Robert Nixon - Chaplain


Known Captains:

Mathey Alberton

Matthew Allbritton

John Barton

Enoch Battle

Ephraim Battle

Daniel Bender

John Boston

Matthew Boston

Richard Brack

John Cooper

Joseph Scott Cray

William Cray

Miles Fox

Moses Fox

William Fox

James Foy

Basil Grant

Reuben Grant

Stu Grant

James Gray

Charles Herrin

Isaac Hill

? Jamieson

Hull Jones

Kelly Jones

John King

Amos Love

John Mason

John McClaney

George Mitchell

? Murrill

Daniel Newton

? O'Neil

? Snead

John Spicer

John Spicer, Jr.

Edward Starkey

Zepheriah Ward

Benjamin Williams

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

Thomas Costen 

James Foy

Barnabas Henderson

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 Onslow 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)


Camden (SC)


Kings Mountain (SC)


Heron's Bridge


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