Alamance in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Battle of Alamance
Erected 1939 by State Historical Commission. (Marker Number G-24.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 16, 1948.
Location. 36° 0.517′ N, 79° 31.25′ W. Marker is in Alamance, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on NC Highway 62 South, on the left when traveling south. Located at Alamance Battleground, a State of North Carolina Historic Site. Directions from I-85/40. Exit 143. Travel South on NC Highway 62 for 5.8 miles. Entrance to Battleground is on the right. Marker is immediately beyond entrance, on your left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5803 NC Highway 62 South, Alamance NC 27201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Alamance Monument (here, next to this marker); First Battle of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Pugh's Rock Governor Tryon and the Militia (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonial Column (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Alamance (about 300 feet away); The Battle of the Alamance (about 300 feet away); The Regulators' Field (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alamance.
More about this marker. The marker sits on the battlefield. Nearby are two monuments. The closest is a granite monument, erected in 1880. The second monument is topped by a statue of James Hunter, General of the Regulators. Across the highway is the visitor's center which includes artifacts and an audiovisual presentation of the battle. The John Allen House is a restored log house, complete with furnishings. Allen, a local resident, constructed the house around 1780. It is a typical frontier dwelling of the period. The Battleground is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Regarding Battle of Alamance. The years preceding the American Revolution, were a period of discontent. Citizens confronted the Governor's officials over various grievances, including excessive taxes and dishonest officials.
Peaceful protests and minor incidents occurred until 1768, when an association of "Regulators" was formed. The group included James Hunter, Rednap Howell, William Butler and Herman Husband. These men and others began to take a radical approach. They disrupted court proceedings, refused to pay fees and terrorized local officials.
In March 1771, Royal Governor William Tryon mustered a militia to bring order to the area. General Hugh Waddell was ordered to approach Hillsoborough, NC by way of Salisbury.
On May 16, 1771, the Regulators were asked by Governor Tryon's men to disperse. They refused and the battle ensued. The Regulators were no match for Tryon's men. They were untrained and unorganized. Many fled the battlefield, leaving neighbors to fight on. Nine members of Governor Tryon's militia were killed, and 61 were wounded. Regulator losses are unknown, but estimated to be much greater. Governor Tryon took approximately 15 prisoners. Seven of them were later executed. Many Regulators moved to frontier areas beyond North Carolina. Those who stayed pledged an oath of allegiance to the royal government, in exchange for a pardon.
Additional keywords. American Revolution, Burlington, Graham, John Allen House, Revolutionary War, Governor Tryon, Hillsborough, Herman Husband, Waddell, General James Hunter
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