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Near Enfield in Halifax County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“Enfield Riot”

 
 
“Enfield Riot” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
1. “Enfield Riot” Marker
Inscription. Here in 1759 Lord Granville’s land agents were compelled to give bond to return illegal fees. This was a forerunner of Regulators.
 
Erected 1960 by Archives and Highway Department. (Marker Number E-67.)
 
Location. 36° 11.117′ N, 77° 39.481′ W. Marker is near Enfield, North Carolina, in Halifax County. Marker is on North McDaniel Street (U.S. 301) just south of Pecan Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Enfield NC 27823, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Branch (approx. 0.4 miles away); James E. O'Hara (approx. 1.3 miles away); Henry B. Bradford (approx. 2.5 miles away); Brick School (approx. 3.4 miles away); Eden Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Bartholomew F. Moore (approx. 8.6 miles away); Willie Jones (approx. 10 miles away); Hutchins G. Burton (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Enfield.
 
More about this marker. “Regulators” on the marker refers to fighters in the War of the Regulation, also known as the Regulator Movement, a North Carolina uprising against corrupt colonial officials between 1764 to 1771. While
“Enfield Riot” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 14, 2009
2. “Enfield Riot” Marker
unsuccessful, it is considered by many a catalyst to the American Revolutionary War.
 
Also see . . .  Enfield History. “An event in Enfield’s history which probably helped to spark American independence was the ‘Enfield Riot,’ one of the earliest political actions against British tyranny. In January, 1759, a group of backwoodsmen seized Lord Granville’s land agent, Francis Corbin, in Edenton and brought him to Enfield. There they forced Corbin to give bond to return illegal fees which had been collected. On May 14, 1759, a group of citizens in Enfield expressed the same sentiments against British tyranny. Several of the ‘rioters’ were arrested and jailed. However, they were soon released when a irate group of citizens, broke into jail and freed them. It is thought that the actions of these men probably encouraged Willie Jones and the other radical leaders of North Carolina to push for independence from England through the Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776.” (Submitted on February 18, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 898 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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