The American Revolution in North Carolina

Francis Locke

Lt. Colonel in the Rowan County Regiment of Militia - 1775
Colonel over the 1st Rowan County Regiment of Militia - 1775-1776
Colonel over the 2nd Battalion of Volunteers - 1776-1777
Colonel over the Rowan County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1782
Colonel over the 1st Rowan County Regiment of Militia - 1782-1783

On 9/9/1775, Francis Locke was commissioned as a Lt. Colonel under Col. Griffith Rutherford in the Rowan County Regiment of Militia. Lt. Col. Francis Locke was at the battle of Ninety-Six, SC in November of 1775.

On 12/21/1775, Francis Locke was commissioned as Colonel/Commandant over the newly-created 1st Rowan County Regiment of Militia. Col. Griffith Rutherford was given command of the newly-created 1st Salisbury District Minutemen. On this date, the NC General Assembly also created the 2nd Rowan County Regiment of Militia, which later became the Burke County Regiment of Militia.

Col. Francis Locke led the 1st Rowan County Regiment in the famous "Snow Campaign" in South Carolina of December 1775, and in the Cherokee Expedition of August to November 1776.

On 11/23/1776, Francis Locke was given command of the 2nd Battalion of Volunteers Regiment, a unit hastily-created in response to an expected British invasion that never materialized. This group mostly "drilled" in and around Camden, SC until they were disbanded on 4/10/1777 and sent home.

At this time, Francis Locke returned as the Colonel/Commandant over the Rowan County Regiment of Militia, a position he retained until 5/1/1782, when the NC General Assembly once again split Rowan County into two regiments of militia. He led the Rowan County Regiment of Militia at the battles of Briar Creek, GA (3/3/1779), Stono Ferry, SC (6/20/1779), Ramseur's Mill (6/20/1780), Little Lynches Creek, SC (8/11/1780), Camden, SC (8/16/1780), Grant's Creek (2/4/1781), and Guilford Court House (3/15/1781).

On 5/1/1782, Francis Locke was given command of the newly-recreated 1st Rowan County Regiment of Militia, a position he retained until the end of the war.

Francis Locke was born in Northern Ireland in 1722 and died in 1796 in Rowan County, NC. He married Anna Brandon and they had one (1) known daugher, Rebecca.


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