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William “Blood Bill” Cunningham and the Bloody Scout

On or about November 19, 1781, a Loyalist officer named William Cunningham and his regiment of approximately three hundred men rode toward Hayes Station,... The post William “Blood Bill” Cunningham and the Bloody Scout appeared first on Journal of...

This Week on Dispatches: Travis Copeland on the Capture of North Carolina’s Governor Thomas Burke

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor Travis Copeland on the capture of North Carolina’s Patriot governor Thomas Burke by Loyalists... The post This Week on Dispatches: Travis Copeland on the Capture of North Carolina’s...

The Capture of North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke

When the vote came on Tuesday, July 26, 1781, before the House’s evening adjournment, it was Thomas Burke’s turn to hold the Executive office... The post The Capture of North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke appeared first on Journal of the American...

This Week on Dispatches: George Kotlik on the British Invasion of the Bahamas

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and JAR contributor George Kotlik on the British invasion of Spanish Bahamas at the close of the... The post This Week on Dispatches: George Kotlik on the British Invasion...

The British Invasion of the Bahamas, 1783: One of the Final Actions of the American Revolution

Tucked away in a small corner of history and buried deep beneath mountains of text lie brief mentions of the British invasion of the... The post The British Invasion of the Bahamas, 1783: One of the Final Actions of the American Revolution appeared first...

Absolving David Fanning—from Dreck to Rumph

I keep promising myself to write on how David Fanning, the Tory guerrilla turned British colonel, became a psychotic murderer off the battlefield in North Carolina in 1782. But was it late 1781? First, I have to try to settle tough questions. Did Fanning...

Fanning’s Bloody Sabbath as Traced by Alexander Gray

On March 10, 1782, Colonel David Fanning led a band of vengeful Loyalists on a path of slaughter and arson in northern Randolph County, North Carolina, his Bloody Sabbath house-calls. Most of our information about this episode has been from E. W. Caruthers’s...

Fanning Outfoxes Marion

When news of Lord Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781 arrived in southeastern North Carolina well into November, the war there did not end. It did not end even after the British evacuated Wilmington on December 14, leaving local Tories...

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