Last week, I posted about Volume 1 of this 3 volume series entitled NC Patriots 1775-1783: Their Own Words by J.D. Lewis. This week, I want to talk about the 2nd and 3rd volumes, which is really volume 2, part 1 and volume 2, part 2. As I discussed last week, volume 1 is about the Continental Line that was raised up in North Carolina, but volume 2, parts 1 and 2, is about the soldiers in the North Carolina Provincial and State Troops (hereafter called “NC Troops”). It is worth noting that there were many more NC Troops than there were in the Continental Troops raised in NC. Because of this, volume 2 is split up. Each chapter takes more room in part 1. Chapters 1-9 in volume 1 average 25 pages in length, but in volume 2, part 1, chapters 1-11 average 75-100 pages each. The index of soldiers is approximately 3 times as long.
Part 1 is set up much like volume 1. Chapters 1-11 are year-by-year summaries of the Revolutionary War, chapter 12 is an overview of the after affects of the war on the soldiers, Appendix A is a list of laws that pertained to the NC Troops, Appendix B talks about the battles and skirmishes that regiments and companies of the NC Troops were involved in that happened within NC, and Appendix C talks about the battles and skirmishes that regiments and companies of the NC Troops were involved in that happened outside of NC.
As with volume 1, each chapter for chapter 1=11 starts with a list of key events. Within each chapter, there is a chart of the NC Troops as it existed that year, and a list of captains, colonels, majors, and lieutenants in each regiment of the NC Troops during that year. Some chapters have maps of battle fields or other charts. Some chapters have charts of regiments and lists of captains, etc. 2 or 3 times as the regiments changed within a year. There is also so much information for 1781 that it was split up into 3 different chapters totaling 267 pages!
Unlike the soldiers who were with the Continental Line, NC Troops did not receive bounty land; however, there were pensions and Chapter 12 talks about the pension system and the after affects of the War on the NC Troops.
As with volume 1, chapters 1-12 and Appendix A-C, which is a list of laws that affected the NC Troops, are much more historical in nature, but the information helps to understand what soldiers of the NC Troops went through – battles the NC Troops were in, laws that affected the soldiers and how the pension system worked after the war was over as well as the year-by-year summary.
Part 2 contains 1118 pages of soldiers who fought on the NC Troops. Each entry gives the name, the county where from, year/rank/served under/notes, and known battles.
In Volume 2, I do have 1 direct ancestor listed, so I will use him as an example:
Bradford, James Mecklenburg 1779, Private under Capt. James Barr and Col. George Alexander. 1780, a private under Capt. Stephen Alexander and Col. Caleb Phifer. [this continues for about 3 more lines listing the year and who he served under] Camden (SC).
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