The American Revolution in North Carolina

George Mitchell

Captain in the Salisbury District Minutemen - 1775-1776
Captain in the 6th NC Regiment - 1776-1777
Captain in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1780
Major in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia - 1780
Colonel in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia - 1780-1783

On 9/9/1775, George Mitchell, of Onslow County in the Wilmington District, was commissioned as a Captain under Col. Thomas Wade in the newly-created Salisbury District Minutemen. On 4/10/1776, all Minutemen regiments were disbanded.

On 4/16/1776, George Mitchell was commissioned as a Captain under Col. John Alexander Lillington in the newly-created 6th NC Regiment on the Continental Line. He resigned his commission in April of 1777 and returned home.

On 8/1/1777, George Mitchell was commissioned as a Captain under Col. William Cray in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia.

On 2/11/1780, George Mitchell was commissioned as a Major under Col. Henry Rhodes in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia.

In the 3Q of 1780, George Mitchell was commission as second Colonel, alongside Col. John Spicer, in the Onslow County Regiment of Militia, replacing Col. Henry Rhodes who had recently died. Col. George Mitchell retained this position until the end of the war (assumed, records incomplete).

Col. George Mitchell led the Onslow County Regiment of Militia at the battle at Heron's Bridge on 1/30/1781.



From "The Commonwealth of Onslow - A History," by Joseph Parsons Brown (1960):

George Mitchell was a son of Abram Mitchell and Kesiah Hunter of the Hunter's Creek section of Carteret County. He grew up in the home of Emanuel Jones at Mt. Pleasant near Swansboro and lived near Montford's Mill, about three miles east of Piney Green on what is now Camp LeJeune.

Prior to the American Revolution, George Mitchell was active in the Militia service and in 1776 commanded a company of infantry in the 6th NC Regiment under Col. John Alexander Lillington. At one time, through some dissatisfaction caused by the failure of the men to get their pay, Capt. George Mitchell advanced 185 pounds to finance the company until he could be repaid.

In 1778, he was a member of the House of Commons from Onslow County. In 1780, he was a representative in the NC General Assembly. In 1784, he was the Commissioner of Navigation for Bogue Inlet. In 1786 and 1787, he was a State Senator from Onslow County.

Col. George Mitchell was a fighter, knew the swamps and soounds of Onslow County, and was always ready with for a skirmish with the British or to put down Loyalists and prevent their activities within Onslow County. When British Maj. James H. Craig marched to New Bern in August of 1781, Col. George Mitchell led his men to harass them in every way possible. The tradition of the Royal Oak is supposed to have originated from this campaign.


Click Here for George Mitchell's obituary provided online by the Onslow County GenWeb.

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