Later in its first session, during May
of 1777, the new North Carolina State's General Assembly created
three new counties - Burke, Camden, and Caswell. The existing
2nd Pasquotank County Regiment became the new Camden County Regiment.
The Northern Orange County Regiment became the Caswell County
Regiment. The 2nd Rowan County Regiment became the Burke County
Regiment. There are now 39 counties and 39 regiments of Militia
in the new state.
During May of 1777, John Butler replaced
Thomas Person (who resigned) as the Brigadier General over the
Hillsborough District Brigade of Militia. Brigadier General Edward
Vail, Sr. died on June 5th and his command remained vacant until
December of 1777.
On July 10th, the Continental Congress
approved placing the two companies of NC Artillery on the NC
Continental Line. All NC Continental regiments were in the northern
theater except for a small part of the 9th NC Regiment and most
of the 10th NC Regiment, which were still filling their ranks
The only remaining NC State Troops were the three Independent
Companies guarding the coast.