The American Revolution in North Carolina

Robert Porter

Captain in the Tryon County Regiment of Militia - 1776-1777
Major in the Tryon County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1779
Major in the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia - 1779-1780
Lt. Colonel in the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia - 1780-1781
Colonel in the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia - 1781-1783

Robert Porter was a known Captain under Col. William Graham in the Tryon County Regiment of Militia in early 1776. He marched his company towards the battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in February of 1776, but they arrived too late to participate in this engagement. It is very likely that Robert Porter was a Captain as early as September of 1775, but this Author has not been able to prove it so far.

In the 3Q of 1777, Robert Porter was promoted to Major under Col. William Graham in the Tryon County Regiment of Militia, replacing Maj. George Pearis, who had recently resigned.

On February 8, 1779, the NC General Assembly created Lincoln and Rutherford Counties out of the abolished Tryon County. Soon thereafter, they commissioned Robert Porter as a Major under Col. Andrew Hampton in the newly-created Rutherford County Regiment of Militia. Maj. Robert Porter participated in the battle of Kings Mountain, SC on October 7, 1780.

In the 4Q of 1780, Robert Porter was promoted to Lt. Colonel under Col. Andrew Hampton in the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia, replacing either Lt. Col. Baylis Earle or Lt. Col. John Earle, both who resigned.

On January 1, 1781, the NC General Assembly appointed Robert Porter as second Colonel, alongside Col. Andrew Hampton, in the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia. Not long thereafter, Andrew Hampton resigned to serve as the Sheriff of Rutherford County and Robert Porter became Colonel/Commandant over the Rutherford County Regiment of Militia. Available records indicate that he retained this position until the end of the war in 1783.


Click Here to view/download Robert Porter's Federal Pension Application of 1822.

Click Here to view/download Capt. Robert Porter's Muster Roll of October 30, 1777.

If anyone has a decent biography of this man, please send to this Author via e-mail or snail mail, and it will be added here, with full credit given.



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