The American Revolution in North Carolina

March 10, 1775

September 15, 1775

October 25, 1775

November 28, 1775

December 22, 1775

February 27, 1776

May 15, 1776

June 15, 1776

November 30, 1776

December 31, 1776

February 15, 1777

May 1, 1777

August 1, 1777

October 15, 1777

December 20, 1777

May 10, 1778

August 17, 1778

February 15, 1779

June 1, 1779

May 12, 1780

August 16, 1780

September 10, 1780

February 15, 1781

August 10, 1781

April 24, 1782

June 15, 1782

January 15, 1783

May 15, 1783


On July 30th, the North Carolina Council of State authorized a new Independent Company to guard the Ocracoke Inlet. This unit would remain active until the end of the war and their mission was to discourage the enemy from attempting to seize cattle on the neighboring barrier islands.

On October 18th, the NC General Assembly convened in Halifax. On October 30th, they established Sullivan County out of Washington County, and Richmond County out of Anson County. On November 2nd, they created Wayne County out of Dobbs County. On November 7th, they split the Mecklenburg County Regiment into two separate and distinct regiments. There were now 50 counties and 51 regiments of Militia.

By the end of December in 1779, most enlistments had expired for the men in the 5th NC Regiment and the 6th NC Regiment. These two regiments quickly dissolved, never to be reconstituted. Col. Gideon Lamb of the evaporating 6th NC Regiment continued relentlessly to recruit replacements, only to have these new recruits taken from him and given to Lt. Col. Robert Mebane for the recreated 3rd NC Regiment. Originally slated to go northward, the 3rd NC Regiment remained in NC until new-rumored British intentions are determined.

After the British of Savannah invasion into South Carolina that culminated in the battle of Stono Ferry, SC, it was not long before it became evident that the British would be sending troops from New York to help Brigadier General Augustine Prevost to finally take Charlestown, SC. The NC Continental Line in the northern theater was first ordered southward on August 10th, but they did not start marching until September. They were soon recalled. On November 19th, they were again ordered southward to help defend Charlestown, SC.

When Allen Jones was elected to represent North Carolina in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, he refused to give up his command of the Halifax District Brigade of Militia. So, the NC General Assembly accommodated his request and only appointed Brigadier General (Pro Tempore) Thomas Eaton until his duties in Philadelphia wrapped up.

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