News & Updates

The Latest from AmRevNC

News

Drawing of a horse rider calling out responding minutemen

  • 11/10/21: Our founder Jim Morgan has been invited to speak to the Chatham County Historical Association in February.
  • 10/20/21: AmRevNC has agreed to provide content for exhibits at a new N.C. National Guard museum currently in planning.
  • 10/4/21: A long article by “Founder Jim” about the site and its creation is featured in this month’s edition of the newsletter of the N.C. Sons of the American Revolution. See “New Resource for Compatriots: AmRevNC.com” on page 8.
  • 9/25/21: Jim spoke to the General Francis Nash Chapter of the N.C. Sons of the American Revolution. The chapter president reported hours later, “Your presentation was thoughtful, tailored to events close to us, and well delivered. I have already received many compliments from members.”
  • 5/30/21: AmRevNC received a glowing review from the Yankee Doodle Spies blog of prolific Revolutionary War author S.W. O’Connell.
  • 4/11/21: The website and Hannah Blair are featured on the front of the Life section of the High Point Enterprise.
  • 4/5/21: We are honored to be covered in the April edition of the newsletter of the NC Sons of the American Revolution. We especially love the comment that we aren’t “know-it-alls,” because we “enthusiastically invite” corrections!
  • 3/17/21: AmRevNC is written up in The Enterprise (Nash County) and The Wilson Times.
  • 3/11/21: AmRevNC is featured in GrepBeat.
  • 3/10/21: Added Twitter account: @AmRevNC.
  • 3/9/21: AmRevNC receives coverage on The Digital Courier.
  • 3/8/21: “New Website Guides Visitors to American Revolution Sites in N.C.” (News Release).
  • 3/5/21: Site launched! Given covid restrictions, only two people attended live in the founder’s living room, celebrating by splitting a mini-bottle of cachaça carried from Brazil 14 years earlier.

Updates

Keep checking here for significant site updates:

  • 11/23/21: Portraits of Mary and Thomas Blount and James Iredell now enhance related pages.
  • 11/13/21: Drawings from a 1992 master’s thesis now provide educated guesses at what Heron’s Bridge looked like.
  • 10/30/21: Updated the William Blount Birthsite page with a dramatic description of the chaos when refugees from Edenton were there, plus names of some enslaved people on the plantation, including a “girl called Frank.”
  • 10/19/21: After checking “Lighthorse” Henry Lee’s memoir, we believe the multiple modern sources claiming he was at Heron’s Bridge and Wilmington as the British left are wrong. We updated those pages accordingly, including the same explanatory footnote with details.
  • 10/9/21: Capt. Charles Biddle’s adventure-laden autobiography gave us his bio and fun stories for the Beaufort and New Bern pages.
  • 9/22/21: Many more details about Alexander Lillington, and a drawing of his home, are now on his gravesite page (sadly, the site is hidden from public view).
  • 9/14/21: Added directions to, and a photo of, Magazine Spring in Halifax.
  • 8/23/21: The surprising story of a mob attack on the ill-fated “French Refugees Regiment” now appears on the New Bern page.
  • 8/7/21: A Revolutionary War veteran and 1828 author gave us a cute story about Brig. Gen. Matthew Locke for our Thyatira Church page.
  • 7/28/21: The thesis mentioned below gave us a lot of details about the Blount family business for the Thomas Blount Home page, including proof that North Carolina sweet potatoes were already famous as far away as New York.
  • 7/27/21: A master’s thesis provided some fun facts about William Blount, including his having commissioned legal pirates during the war, and that after it he ordered his land agents to use fake names to stake more claims!
  • 7/17/21: Added details to our Guilford Court House page, including a gruesome punishment and a connection to the Republic of Texas. Use the links in the lettered footnotes to see the updates.
  • 7/8/21: Older books provided more quotes and details about Loyalist celebrity Flora MacDonald, including her description of her travails after husband Allan’s capture, and a witness’s tale of her funeral.
  • 6/24/21: We got it wrong! Multiple modern sources mistake the language from the cartoon of the Edenton Tea Party for the wording of the actual petition, so we did too. That page now has the correct wording quoted from a London newspaper in 1775, and related minor updates.
  • 6/23/21: Added to our “Revolutionary Minorities” page a new source of impressive genealogical research that ups the number of black North Carolinians who served the Patriot cause to around 400, including 11 from the Chavis family alone.
  • 6/15/21: With thanks to local historian Bruce Petersen, we have corrected the page below regarding the likely location of the British army, which likely was not camped as close to the Continentals as we had it.
  • 6/12/21: Our first post-launch Sight comes online: The story of a bugler who loses his horse, and then his life, near Bruce’s Crossroads in today’s Summerfield.
  • 6/10/21: An amazing story of “missing” marksmen appears on the Battle of Whitesell’s Mill page, courtesy of “Light Horse” Henry Lee.
  • 5/22/21: Dr. William Read, chief surgeon for Nathanael Green’s army in the South, provided us great new stories for the Trading Ford page.
  • 5/19/21: New page added, unfortunately to the Hidden History section, telling the story of the massacre at Rouse’s Tavern.
  •  5/8/21:
    • New info on the Battle of Cowan’s Ford page includes that Greene rode 110 miles in four days to confer with Morgan and Davidson.
    • Put in a possible explanation for Tory Col. David Fanning taking a petition to the British asking them to appoint him commander of the Chatham and Randolph counties from Cox’s Mill: He had won an election, but grumbling continued.
    • Added contemporary quotes regarding Tory activity and an unrelated, bizarre attack by Continental soldiers on the courthouse in Elizabethtown.
  • 5/4/21: Introduced a few details about the Tory leaders at the Battle of Shallow Ford and Cornwallis’ crossing.
  • 5/1/21: Fears of a female congress in Edenton and the reason William Davidson did not get captured in the Fall of Charleston were added.
  • 4/26/21: After saying there were no details about a Loyalist raid on Cross Creek, we came across some and added them to that page. We are delighted we were wrong! Other additions regard ex-Regulators in the Moore’s Creek army and the rush to clear town before Cornwallis arrived.
  • 4/24/21:
    • A number of interesting quotes regarding the British and Continental camps in Charlotte were added. (Look for footnotes with letters instead of numbers.)
    • Inserted a vivid quote about a counterattack by Catawba allies of the Patriots at the Battle of Clapp’s Mill.
  • 4/22/21: Changed the Battle of Cane Creek page to indicate Col. McDowell probably stayed with the Overmountain Men a couple days before riding off to Hillsborough, with details from a letter sent with him.
  • 4/21/21: After visiting the public library in Marion, revisiting Turkey Cove, and finding the Cathey’s Fort monument nearby (with the landowner’s permission), we added details about the home’s history to that page.
  • 4/19/21: Intriguing details about why Gov. Thomas Burke escaped captivity after being kidnapped, and why some people denounced him for it, were added to his biography.
  • 4/14/21: Added two quotes from British Lt. Anthony Allaire about his treatment and how Loyalists hung at Bickerstaff’s Old Fields comported themselves.
  • 4/12/21: Added new details about the Continental raid on the British at the former Alamance battleground; James Craig’s description of Beaufort as a “rascally town”; and Cornwallis’ order of “100 gallons of brandy” and “more than 300 lbs. of bread” from Bethabara.
  • 4/10/21: Added an eyewitness account of the 1781 raid on Cornwallis’ camp at the site of the Battle of Alamance, and corrected the direction of the British arrival. (We recently learned they came from the west.)
  • 4/9/21: After a research trip live-tweeted yesterday, photos and current site information added to the Tryon’s March page at May 12, 29, and 30, and June 1.
  • 4/5/21: Added two events from the successful Spanish campaign against the British and Native Americans in modern Alabama and Florida, at 3/14 and 5/10/1781. Mobile fell the day before the Battle of Guilford Court House!
  • 4/1/21: AmRevNC believes in transparency with our customers, and here is an example. We had the date wrong on the Battle of Clapp’s Mill by a few days. Investigating how that happened, it turns out our first, usually reliable source had the wrong date. We didn’t notice in our later sources, but found it during the ongoing research mentioned on 3/27. Corrected now. (No, this is not an April Fool’s joke!)
  • 3/29/21: Corrected who commanded the raid on Cornwallis’ camp at Ramsey’s Mill, based on the review below.
  • 3/27/21: Currently three large reference works are under review, so they can be compared to find new corroborated facts for you. No major changes loom so far, but expect a wave of minor updates!
  • 3/18/21: Corrected the date on our American Revolution Timeline for the Battle of Shallow Ford, which was off by a week. It was correct on the battle page.
  • 3/18/21: Added a photo and physical description of the Wolf’s Den, and corrected its exact location on Riddle’s Knob, thanks to AmRevNC visitor Phillip Roberts.
  • 3/15/21: After finding the original source, made minor corrections to the Thomas Bloodworth story on the Wilmington page.
  • 3/15/21: Corrected the James Hogun page to show his regiment served at West Point, N.Y., adding that it stopped to get the new smallpox vaccine on the way.
  • 3/13/21: Added the number of “Patriots of color” from North Carolina to the Revolutionary Minorities page (after manually counting them): 270!
  • 3/13/21: Added social media sharing buttons to the bottom of all pages.
  • 3/11/21: Added a photo to the “Tryon’s March” page of the likely 6/20/1771 campsite of his army in Durham on the way back from the Battle of Alamance.
  • 3/10/21: Events added to the American Revolution Timeline at: 11/16/1765, 2/19/1766, 11/2/1769, 8/8/1774, 8/25/1774, 5/31/1775, 6/20/1775, 8/14/1775, 3/14/1776, 5/29/1776, 3/9/1781.