The American Revolution in North Carolina

William Brickell

Major in the Bute County Regiment of Militia - 1776-1779
Major in the Franklin County Regiment of Militia - 1779-1780
Lt. Colonel in the Franklin County Regiment of Militia - 1780-1781
Colonel in the Franklin County Regiment of Militia - 1781-1783

In the 2Q of 1776, William Brickell was appointed as a Major under Col. Thomas Eaton in the Bute County Regiment of Militia, replacing Maj. William Alston, who had recently resigned his commission.

On January 30, 1779, the NC General Assembly created Franklin and Warren Counties from the abolished Bute County, and soon thereafter they appointed William Brickell as a Major under Col. Benjamin Seawell in the newly-created Franklin County Regiment of Militia.

In the 2Q of 1780, William Brickell was promoted to Lt. Colonel under Col. Benjamin Seawell in the Franklin County Regiment of Militia, replacing Lt. Col. William Pastorn, who had resigned his commission.

Lt. Col. William Brickell was attached to support Col. Benjamin Exum in the newly-created 2nd NC Regiment of Militia at the battles of Little Lynches Creek, SC (8/11/1780) and Camden, SC (8/16/1780). Lt. Col. William Brickell led a detachment of four known companies from the Halifax District at the battle of Charlotte - this detachment was subordinated to Col. William Richardson Davie at that point in time.

In late 1780, William Brickell was promoted to second Colonel, alongside Col. Benjamin Seawell, in the Franklin County Regiment of Militia. Available records indicate that he retained this posiiton until the end of the war in 1783. One source asserts that Col. William Brickell led a small detachment of the Franklin County Regiment of Militia into Virginia, but they were too late for the battle of Yorktown and the surrender of Lord Cornwallis in October of 1781.

William Brickell was elected to represent Franklin County in the NC House of Commons from 1780 to 1782.

William Brickell died c.1811.


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