The American Revolution in North Carolina

William Lofton

Captain in the Anson County Regiment of Militia - 1777-1779
Colonel over the Montgomery County Regiment of Militia - 1779-1783

William Lofton was a known Captain under Col. Thomas Wade in the Anson County Regiment of Militia from 1777 to 1779. This information comes from many Federal Pension Applications of survivors who filed their applications in the 1830s. It is entirely possible that William Lofton was commissioned as a Captain earlier, or that he held some other subaltern rank(s) prior to 1777, but this Author has found no definitive evidence thereof.

On February 8, 1779, the NC General Assembly created Montgomery County out of part of Anson County, and soon thereafter the appointed William Lofton as Colonel/Commandant over the newly-created Montgomery County Regiment of Militia. Available records indicate that he retained this position until the end of the war in 1783.

Col. William Lofton marched part of the Montgomery County Regiment of Militia to join up with Maj. Gen. Richard Caswell and Continental Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates, but this unit was too late for the battle of Camden, SC on August 16, 1780.

Col. William Lofton led the Montgomery County Regiment of Militia at the battles of Cowan's Ford (2/1/1781) and Guilford Court House (3/15/1781). In the Fall of 1781, Col. William Lofton led part of the Montgomery County Regiment of Militia in support of Brig. Gen. Griffith Rutherford's Wilmington Expedition to rid the state of the hated British regulars who had occupied that town since January of 1781. Col. Lofton may have been in some of the battles/skirmishes along the way, but this Author has found no definitive evidence thereof.


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