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Alamance in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Battle of the Alamance

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
1. The Battle of the Alamance Marker
Inscription.
The first battle of the
Revolutionary War, was
fought in Orange County,
North Carolina
May 16th, 1771.

[ Right of Monument ]
1771 – 81             1901
James Hunter
“General” of the Regulators.
“The country is as much master
now as ever.”     November 6th, 1772
Alamance     May 16th, 1771
Cherokee War     October, 1776
Guilford Court House     March 15th, 1781
Born 1740.             Died 1821.

[ Back of Monument ]
1773 without courts and beyond the Governor’s control, the people were a law unto themselves. They corresponded with all the other colonies and watched the proceedings of the British Parliament.

1774 a Convention of the People of the Province Assembled – “The First Representative Assembly that ever met in North Carolina or in America, save by Royal Authority.” It met in open, flagrant defiance of the Crown, its Governor, and his proclamations.

1775 April the 8th ended the last Royal legislative body that ever met in North Carolina. May 20th the Mecklenburg Declaration was made. August 20 – a popular government for the Province was established, “Every county and borough town being represented in the Convention.”

1776 February – The first victory
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By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
2. Right of Monument
of the Revolutionary War was gained at Moore’s Creek Bridge, North Carolina, by the people of the Province.

April 12th – North Carolina was first to declare for Continental Independence.

[ Left of Monument ]
Of twelve Regulators condemned at Hillsboro, the following six were executed by the British Governor: James Pugh, Robert Matear, Benjamin Merrill, Captain Messer, and two others, whose names are now unknown. “Our blood will be as good seed in good ground, that will soon produce one hundred fold.” - James Pugh, under the gallows at Hillsboro, N.C., June 19th, 1771.

 
Location. 36° 0.478′ N, 79° 31.211′ W. Marker is in Alamance, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is on State Highway 62 west of Clapp Mill Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alamance NC 27201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Battle of the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Alamance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Alamance (about 400 feet away); The Regulators' Field (about 500
Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
3. Rear of Monument
feet away); The John Allen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Clapp's Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oak Grove Plantation (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Oak Grove Plantation (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alamance.
 
More about this marker. The monument consists of a granite shaft topped by a statue of a Regulator. The four sides of the monument contain a plaque, one of which features a relief showing a condemned Regulator with his head in a noose.
 
Also see . . .  Alamance Battleground. North Carolina Historic Sites website. (Submitted on July 31, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Left of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
4. Left of Monument
The Battle of the Alamance Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
5. The Battle of the Alamance Monument
Closeup of Regulator image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
6. Closeup of Regulator
Close of Relief image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
7. Close of Relief
A closeup of the relief on the monument shows one of the Regulators just prior to his execution.
The Battle of the Alamance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2010
8. The Battle of the Alamance Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 31, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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