The American Revolution in North Carolina

Deputy Quarter Master General's (DQMG) Department

Date Established:


Original Officers:

May 7, 1776

Col. Nicholas Long


Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors:

Lt. Col. William J. Bradford

Maj. Batt Birdsong

Maj. Anderson Smith

Known Captains:

Batt Birdsong

John Medearis

Jesse Potts

Known Artificers, Armourers, Wagon Masters, Wagon Makers, Wagoners, Blacksmiths, Tailors, Timber Getters, Leather Workers, Saddlers, Shoemakers, Express Riders, etc.:

George Aaron

James Amis

Stansell Barbre

John Barrett

Benjamin Bell

Thomas Bird

Mark Brown

Nicholas Bryant

William Bryant

William Campbell

James Carlisle

John Casey

Shubal Clagburn

Thomas Colbert

John Coleman

Thomas Cullum

William Curlew

George Dillard

Zachary Dillard

Dunn Dunbar

James Faucett

John Fitzgerald

Daniel Foster

William Frohawk

Joshua Gammon

Solomon Gordon

Henry Guthrie

John Guthrie

Levi Guthrie

Ignatius Hall

Willis Halyon

Joseph Hawkins

Thomas Hawkins

William Haygood

Peter Hessian

John Hews

Thomas Hines

Willis Holmes

John Hughes

William Hurt

Wiliam Jean

Lewis Johnston

Joshua Jones

John Knight

Burwell Lacy

Gabriel Long

Thomas Neal

Julius Nichols, Jr.

Henry Overstreet

William Parker

George Powell 

David Pugh

William Reasoner

? Roberds

Peter Robertson

Jesse Rowan

Isham Scott

George Smith

Spencer Snow

Richard Stephens

William Stephenson

James Sykes

William Sykes

Samuel Taylor

Richard Thompson

Robert Thompson

William Travathan

Gray Tucker

Thomas Tucker

James Turner

Drury Walden

George Ware

William Watson

Samuel Weldon

Samuel Williams

William Williams

Joel Wooten

Brief History of the Regiment:

On May 7, 1776, Nicholas Long, the former Colonel/Commandant of the Halifax District Minutemen, was commissioned as the Deputy Quarter Master General (DQMG) for the Southern Department, with the rank of Colonel. He retained this position for the duraton of the war. Camp Quankey was established as a Continental Army depot very near the town of Halifax, NC.

This department was created to provide material, equipment, horses, and wagons for the North Carolina Continental Line as each regiment was being mustered, and as each regiment traveled to/from the state. The men who staffed the DQMG were mostly civilians, but the department did retain a small number of officers to manage all aspects of daily activities.

When British Lt. General Charles, Lord Cornwallis marched from Wilmington to Virginia in April and May of 1781, he sent Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton ahead of his army, and Tarleton met very minor resistance in the town of Halifax on May 7th. Lord Cornwallis arrived on May 11th and remained one night, then marched on to Virginia.

As the dreaded British Army was marching towards them, Col. Nicholas Long and his staff had plenty of time to remove all critical materiél from Camp Quankey and they dispersed it to various locations that were not expected to be in the path of Lord Cornwallis, including Granville County and New Bern. There is no record of the British Army discovering or plundering Camp Quankey while they were in Halifax.

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