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The War of the Regulation was a colonial tax revolt along the North Carolina frontier during the late 1760s which culminated in the Battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771 in present day Alamance County

Regulator Advertisements

The following are Regulator grievance advertisements.  Click on the date to see the text at

Documenting the American South website at https://docsouth.unc.edu/

No. 1 August 1766

No. 2 August 1766

No. 3 October 1766

No 4 January 1768

No 5  March 22, 1768

No 6 April 4, 1768

No 7 April 25, 1768

No 8  April 30, 1768

No 9  May 1768

No 10 May 21, 1768

No 11 Petition Concerning Taxes & Fees (1768)

Regulator Participants (from the Guilford Genealogist by Jack Perdue)

Recommended Reading (Regulator Movement)

Contemporaneous Newspaper Account (Battle of Alamance)

Messieurs MacLaine, Hooper, and Hogg

Relation of the Battle at Alamance, on Thursday May 16

As published in “The Pennsylvania Chronicle” Monday July 8, 1771

"On Wednesday evening the 15th instant his Excellency received certain information that the insurgents were assembled at about 5 miles from the camp at great Alamance, a council of war being called, it was unanimously resolved to march the next morning against them; accordingly, on Thursday, the 16th, the army leaving the tents standing, and all the baggage and provisions in camp, under the guard of a field officer, and about 50 men, began to march at 8 o’clock in the morning, and advanced to an old field, within half a mile of the rebels, when his Excellency formed the order of battle in two lines, a part of the artillery on each wing, and the remainder in the center of the first line—His Excellency then sent one of his aids de camp, and the Sheriff of Orange, with a letter to the rebels, requesting them to lay down their army, surrender their outlawed ringleaders, and submit to the laws of their country; allowing them one hour to accept of the terms, to prevent the effusion of blood, that must ensue, as they were at that time in a state of war and rebellion against their king, their country, and their laws—In the mean time, the army kept advancing near the enemy—the messenger soon afterwards returned, and reported to his Excellency, that the rebels had received his offers with disdain, and the general cry among them was battle, battle.    Immediately after, a considerable body of them appeared in fight, and waved their hats, daring us to advance—Upon which the army continued moving towards them, until they were with 30 yards of the enemy, when his Excellency sent his aid de camp to inform them the hour was elapsed and that he should immediately fire.  They cried out, “that he might fire and be damned.”  Upon the return of the aid de camp, the action began, and a hot fire was kept up on both sides for about an hour and a quarter, when it abated a little from the enemy.  The cannon was then ordered to cease firing, and the whole army to advance.  Then the first line, after engaging 3 quarters of an hour longer, drove the enemy out of the field, and gained a complete victory---Their camp was taken, with many horses, arms, ammunition, cloaths, and provisions.

                It is computed that the rebels must have had killed in the battle about 100 men, 200 more wounded, and upwards of 20 taken prisoners.  The loss of the loyalists was 9 killed, and about 60 wounded.  The number of the rebels from the best of information, could not be less than 2300, our army did not exceed 1000 men, of which not more than 600 engaged—the artillery was well served, and did great execution.  The behavior of the officers and men, on this occasion, will appear by what the governor gave in orders the next day..."

                             The following list of the killed and wounded among the loyalists, in the late action at Alamance, was received last Monday, from a gentleman who was in the engagement.

                                                                                                         Killed                     wounded

               Onslow detachment, Col. Gray                                   0                              3

               Craven detachment, Col. Leech                                  3                              14

               Carteret detachment, Col. Thompson                       0                              3

               Orange detachment, Col. Fanning                              0                              8

Dobbs detachment, Col. Caswell                                 1                              0

Beaufort detachment, Capt. Patten                            0                              11

Artillery Company, Col. Moore                                    1                              15

Ditto from Pitt County, Capt. Salter                            1                              7

                                                                                Total               6                              61

3 of the people have since died of their wounds