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|conflict =Battle of Colson's Mill
 
|conflict =Battle of Colson's Mill
 
|partof =the [[American Revolutionary War]]
 
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|date =July 21, 1780
 
|date =July 21, 1780
|place = [[Stanly County, North Carolina|Stanly County]],<br>near present-day [[Norwood, North Carolina]]
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|place = Stanly County,<br>near present-day [[Norwood, North Carolina]]
 
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|result =Patriot victory
 
|result =Patriot victory
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|combatant1 ={{flag|United States|1777|23px}}
 
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|commander1 =[[William Lee Davidson]]
 
|commander1 =[[William Lee Davidson]]
 
|commander2 =Unknown
 
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|strength1 =250 [[Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriot]] militia
 
|strength1 =250 [[Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriot]] militia
 
|strength2 =400 [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]] militia
 
|strength2 =400 [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]] militia
 
|casualties1 =2 wounded
 
|casualties1 =2 wounded
 
|casualties2 =3 killed<br>4-5 wounded<br>10 captured
 
|casualties2 =3 killed<br>4-5 wounded<br>10 captured
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|campaignbox ={{Campaignbox American Revolutionary War: Southern}}
 
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The '''Battle of Colson's Mill''' was a battle of the [[American Revolutionary War]] that took place in [[North Carolina]] on July 21, 1780. A [[Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriot]] militia under [[William Lee Davidson]] scattered a gathering of [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]]s at Colson's Mill, near the junction of the [[Rocky River (North Carolina)|Rocky]] and [[Pee Dee River]]s in present-day [[Stanly County, North Carolina]].<ref>{{cite book|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=CitCAAAAIAAJ|title=General Joseph Graham and his papers on North Carolina Revolutionary history|first=William Alexander|last=Graham|publisher=Edwards & Broughton|year=1904|ref=Graham}}</ref>
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The '''Battle of Colson's Mill''' was a battle of the [[American Revolutionary War]] that took place in North Carolina on July 21, 1780. A [[Patriot (American Revolution)|Patriot]] militia under [[William Lee Davidson]] scattered a gathering of [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]]s at Colson's Mill, near the junction of the [[Rocky River (North Carolina)|Rocky]] and [[Pee Dee River]]s in present-day Stanly County, North Carolina.<ref>{{cite book|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=CitCAAAAIAAJ|title=General Joseph Graham and his papers on North Carolina Revolutionary history|first=William Alexander|last=Graham|publisher=Edwards & Broughton|year=1904|ref=Graham}}</ref>
   
== Background ==
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==Background==
Following the British [[Battle of Ramsour's Mill|defeat at Ramsour's Mill]], where he arrived with over 1,200 men after the battle on June 20, 1780, General [[Griffith Rutherford]] set about chasing down refugees from the battle that were trying to regroup with British troops elsewhere. While he met with some success, expiring enlistments and furloughs rapidly reduced his army's size to about 200. On June 22, he learned that a group of several hundred [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]]s had been recruited by Colonel [[Samuel Bryan (loyalist)|Samuel Bryan]] about {{convert|75|mi|km}} to the northeast, near the [[Yadkin River]]. Rutherford set off in pursuit, putting out a call for men. By the time he was within {{convert|15|mi|km}} of Bryan's position his force had grown back to 600 men.
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Following the British [[Battle of Ramsour's Mill|defeat at Ramsour's Mill]], where he arrived with over 1,200 men after the battle on June 20, 1780, General [[Griffith Rutherford]] set about chasing down refugees from the battle that were trying to regroup with British troops elsewhere. While he met with some success, expiring enlistments and furloughs rapidly reduced his army's size to about 200. On June 22, he learned that a group of several hundred [[Loyalist (American Revolution)|Loyalist]]s had been recruited by Colonel [[Samuel Bryan (loyalist)|Samuel Bryan]] about {{convert|75|mi|km}} to the northeast, near the Yadkin River. Rutherford set off in pursuit, putting out a call for men. By the time he was within {{convert|15|mi|km}} of Bryan's position his force had grown back to 600 men.
   
Bryan anticipated Rutherford's approach, and began to withdraw down the east side of the Yadkin River with the goal of joining with British regulars on the [[Pee Dee River]]. Rutherford gave chase, but his attempts to cut Bryan's retreat off failed. At [[Salisbury, North Carolina|Salisbury]] he detached Colonel [[William Lee Davidson]] and a picked force to ride down the west side of the Yadkin in case Bryan tried to cross over. However, this design was frustrated when Bryan, marching day and night, reached the British force.
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Bryan anticipated Rutherford's approach, and began to withdraw down the east side of the Yadkin River with the goal of joining with British regulars on the [[Pee Dee River]]. Rutherford gave chase, but his attempts to cut Bryan's retreat off failed. At Salisbury he detached Colonel [[William Lee Davidson]] and a picked force to ride down the west side of the Yadkin in case Bryan tried to cross over. However, this design was frustrated when Bryan, marching day and night, reached the British force.
   
 
Two days into the chase, Davidson learned that several hundred Loyalists had gathered near Colson's Mill, not far from the junction of the [[Rocky River (North Carolina)|Rocky]] and Pee Dee Rivers.
 
Two days into the chase, Davidson learned that several hundred Loyalists had gathered near Colson's Mill, not far from the junction of the [[Rocky River (North Carolina)|Rocky]] and Pee Dee Rivers.
   
== Battle ==
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==Battle==
 
Moving rapidly in order to gain the element of surprise, Davidson and his force attempted to surround the farm on which the Loyalists were gathering. However, his front was discovered shortly before the flanking men were in place, and fire commenced. Davidson, the only man in uniform, was targeted by Loyalist marksmen, and was severely injured by a bullet to the gut. However, his men did not falter when he went down, and they dispersed the Loyalist troop, killing three, wounding several more, and taking ten prisoners. The escape of the Loyalists was helped by their familiarity with the local terrain.
 
Moving rapidly in order to gain the element of surprise, Davidson and his force attempted to surround the farm on which the Loyalists were gathering. However, his front was discovered shortly before the flanking men were in place, and fire commenced. Davidson, the only man in uniform, was targeted by Loyalist marksmen, and was severely injured by a bullet to the gut. However, his men did not falter when he went down, and they dispersed the Loyalist troop, killing three, wounding several more, and taking ten prisoners. The escape of the Loyalists was helped by their familiarity with the local terrain.
   
== Aftermath ==
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==Aftermath==
 
One other of Davidson's men was also wounded in the action. Davidson spent two months recovering from his wounds, and continued to serve afterward. He was eventually killed in the [[Battle of Cowan's Ford]] in February 1781.
 
One other of Davidson's men was also wounded in the action. Davidson spent two months recovering from his wounds, and continued to serve afterward. He was eventually killed in the [[Battle of Cowan's Ford]] in February 1781.
   
== References ==
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==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
   
== External links ==
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==External links==
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/revwar/timeline.html Battles of the Revolutionary War Timeline]
 
*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/revwar/timeline.html Battles of the Revolutionary War Timeline]
 
*[http://www.cmstory.org/history/hornets/welcome.htm Hornets Nest]
 
*[http://www.cmstory.org/history/hornets/welcome.htm Hornets Nest]
 
*[http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/h/whigkid/ncrevweb/index.html North Carolina REV web]
 
*[http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/h/whigkid/ncrevweb/index.html North Carolina REV web]
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{{Wikipedia|Battle of Colson&#39;s Mill}}
   
 
[[Category:Battles of the American Revolutionary War|Colson's Mill]]
 
[[Category:Battles of the American Revolutionary War|Colson's Mill]]

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The Battle of Colson's Mill was a battle of the American Revolutionary War that took place in North Carolina on July 21, 1780. A Patriot militia under William Lee Davidson scattered a gathering of Loyalists at Colson's Mill, near the junction of the Rocky and Pee Dee Rivers in present-day Stanly County, North Carolina.[1]

Background[]

Following the British defeat at Ramsour's Mill, where he arrived with over 1,200 men after the battle on June 20, 1780, General Griffith Rutherford set about chasing down refugees from the battle that were trying to regroup with British troops elsewhere. While he met with some success, expiring enlistments and furloughs rapidly reduced his army's size to about 200. On June 22, he learned that a group of several hundred Loyalists had been recruited by Colonel Samuel Bryan about 75 miles (121 km) to the northeast, near the Yadkin River. Rutherford set off in pursuit, putting out a call for men. By the time he was within 15 miles (24 km) of Bryan's position his force had grown back to 600 men.

Bryan anticipated Rutherford's approach, and began to withdraw down the east side of the Yadkin River with the goal of joining with British regulars on the Pee Dee River. Rutherford gave chase, but his attempts to cut Bryan's retreat off failed. At Salisbury he detached Colonel William Lee Davidson and a picked force to ride down the west side of the Yadkin in case Bryan tried to cross over. However, this design was frustrated when Bryan, marching day and night, reached the British force.

Two days into the chase, Davidson learned that several hundred Loyalists had gathered near Colson's Mill, not far from the junction of the Rocky and Pee Dee Rivers.

Battle[]

Moving rapidly in order to gain the element of surprise, Davidson and his force attempted to surround the farm on which the Loyalists were gathering. However, his front was discovered shortly before the flanking men were in place, and fire commenced. Davidson, the only man in uniform, was targeted by Loyalist marksmen, and was severely injured by a bullet to the gut. However, his men did not falter when he went down, and they dispersed the Loyalist troop, killing three, wounding several more, and taking ten prisoners. The escape of the Loyalists was helped by their familiarity with the local terrain.

Aftermath[]

One other of Davidson's men was also wounded in the action. Davidson spent two months recovering from his wounds, and continued to serve afterward. He was eventually killed in the Battle of Cowan's Ford in February 1781.

References[]

External links[]

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