Thanks to the British evacuating both
Savannah, GA and Charlestown, SC, and with the recommendation
of the Continental Congress, Major General Nathanael Greene reduced
those on active duty within the Southern Department of the Continental
Army on January 1st. The NC Continental Line was reduced to a
single regiment, which was led by Lt. Col. Archibald Lytle.
The NC State Regiment had already dissolved,
but it was officially disbanded on January 10th. The available
records are silent on the disbanding of the NC Light Horse Regiment
under Col. James Read, but there is no mention of this unit during
1783. The existing Regiments and Brigades of Militia continue,
but there haven't been any significant incidents since the fall
of the previous year.
With news of a preliminary peace treaty,
the civil and military authorities within North Carolina begin
to relax their vigilance and to look forward to the future as
an independent country.