In January of 1777, North Carolina is
now considered to be a State within the United States of America,
and no longer a Province of Britain. The North Carolina Constitution
had been approved in December of 1776. Per that Constitution,
the newly-designated Council of State began to convene in January
of 1777. The Governor, with advice from the Council of State,
was now the commander-in-chief of all North Carolina troops.
On February 5th, the Continental Congress
authorized a new third brigade for the NC Continental Line and
commissioned Francis Nash as its new Brigadier General. Each
of the three NC Brigadier Generals now had three regiments of
the NC Continental Line under their command.
The existing NC Provincial Troops are
now considered to be State Troops for the remainder of the American
Revolution. Three Independent Companies continue to guard the
NC coast. Three companies of NC Light Dragoons continue, as does
one company of NC Artillery. A second company of NC Artillery
is authorized on January 1st.
With the election of Richard Caswell
as the state's first governor, William Bryan (aka William Bryant)
was commissioned as the new Brigadier General over the New Bern
District Brigade of Militia.