The North Carolina General Assembly
convened for the second time on November 15th in New Bern. During
this session, they created two new counties - Nash and Wilkes,
and the Washington District was redesignated as Washington County.
There were now 41 counties and 41 regiments of Militia. The General
Assembly disbanded the remaining three Independent Companies
along the coast, and for the first time in over two years there
were now no "State Troops" on the State's payroll.
On October 20th, the Continental Congress
commissioned Robert Howe as the only Major General ever from
North Carolina on the Continental Line during the American Revolution.
He was in charge of the Southern Department and head-quartered
in Charlestown, SC. By now, the rest of the 10th NC Regiment
was completed and on its way northward. The other nine regiments
were hunkered down at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania under Brigadier
General Lachlan McIntosh of Georgia and General George Washington.
On December 20th, the NC General Assembly
commissioned William Skinner as the new Brigadier General over
the Edenton District Brigade of Militia, replacing Edward Vail,
Sr. who had died earlier this year.