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A Revolutionary War Connection

 
 
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 28, 2019
1. A Revolutionary War Connection Marker
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Inscription.  A little known Revolutionary War engagement occurred on the Regulator battlefield on March 1, 1781. Ten years after the Battle of Alamance, and approximately two weeks before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse near Greensboro, soldiers of the Delaware Light Infantry commanded by Capt. Robert Kirkwood fought a small contingent of troops from the British Army of Lord Charles Cornwallis. The discovery of a Continental Army button near this spot in 2010 confirmed the written account of this inconclusive skirmish.

The skirmish at Alamance Battleground occurred just ten days before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse (March 15th, 1781), where Cornwallis won a costly victory over American Major General Nathanael Greene. The British could never recover and eventually surrendered at Yorktown seven months later.

Captain Kirkwood wrote the following entries in his Journal and Order Book:

March 4, 1781
We came us with the Enemy at the Allamance.

March 5, 1781
Marched this Night to the Old Regulation ground and attack'd the advanc'd picquet. Brought off one of their Centinells & returned to Camp
A Revolutionary War Connection Marker (Right side.) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 28, 2019
2. A Revolutionary War Connection Marker (Right side.)
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Found during a 2010 archeological survey of Alamance Battleground, this button is a rare example of the type issued to the Maryland and Delaware Continentals in 1780.

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Pictured above: The original title page and entries from Captain Kirkwood's Diary and Order Book. Delaware Historical Society

Background: Dotted lines in this circa 1785 map of David Ramsay shows British and American troop movements through the area during the year of 1781. University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill

Modern day Delaware Light Infantry re-enactors.

This display was made possible by the Alamance County Tourism Development Authority and Convention and Visitor Bureau.
 
Erected by Alamance County Tourism Development Authority and Convention and Visitor Bureau.
 
Location. 36° 0.614′ N, 79° 31.269′ W. Marker is in Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 62 0.2 miles south of Oakbury Road, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located along a wooden rail fence halfway between the parking lot and the "John Allen House" cabin. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5803 NC-62 S, Burlington NC 27215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
A Revolutionary War Connection Marker (Left side.) image. Click for full size.
By David Lassman, May 28, 2019
3. A Revolutionary War Connection Marker (Left side.)
Viewing north towards marker.
walking distance of this marker. The John Allen House (within shouting distance of this marker); Pugh's Rock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Alamance (about 600 feet away); First Battle of the Revolution (about 700 feet away); The Regulators' Field (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Alamance (about 800 feet away); The Battle of the Alamance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Clapp's Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
Also see . . .  Alamance Battleground, North Carolina Historic Sites. (Submitted on September 10, 2019.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
John Allen House image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, May 28, 2019
4. John Allen House
The John Allen House is about 200 feet beyond the Revolutionary War Connection Marker. Barely visible on the left hand side of the image is the "The John Allen House Marker".
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2019. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2019. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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