I and others promise to obtain for you the best possible terms. He became suspicious that his positions were being flanked and ordered the militia to march within 30 yards of the Regulators. The battle begins with a skirmish on May 15, 1771, and ends on May 16 You are unprepared for war! Tryon sent one of his aides-de-camp, Captain Philemon Hawkins II, and the Sheriff of Orange County with a proclamation: To Those Who Style Themselves "Regulators": In reply to your petition of yesterday, I am to acquaint you that I have ever been attentive to the interests of your County and to every individual residing therein. Tryon sent one final warning: Some of the Regulators petitioned the Royal Governor to give up seven captured Regulators in exchange for two of his men that they had captured the previous day. Tryon agreed, but after a half an hour, the captured officers did not appear. [9] Both sides counted nine dead among the Regulators and from dozens to approximately two-hundred wounded. Some historians in the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries considered the battle to be a warning of the coming American War for Independence,[1] and contemporaneous locals agreed with this assessment. They employed what was referred to as "Indian style" fighting, hiding behind trees and avoiding structure and lines. You have no commanding officers to lead you in battle. Lieutenant-generals: John Rutherford, Lewis Henry deRosset, John Sampson, Robert Palmer, Benjamin Heron, and Samuel Strudwick. He formed two lines, and divided his artillery between the wings and the center of the first line. Caldwell made it to the field between the two lines, but was warned by the Regulators, who saw that the Governor was about to open fire. Regarding Battle of Alamance. with a defeat of the Regulator forces. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, "I Give You My Body...": How I Write Sex Scenes, Outlander: Season 1, Vol. While Tryon won the battle, one could argue that seeds of future rebellion were firmly planted in the minds of the men and families who were defeated and forced to flee the area. Archaeological studies begun in 2009 have also found evidence of a Revolutionary War skirmish that occurred between the Delaware Light Infantry and British General Charles Cornwallis' forces on March 5, 1781, one of several small battles to occur in the area prior to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The Battle of Alamance was the final battle of the War of the Regulation, in which North Carolina farmers and backcountry residents rebelled against the wealthy and corrupt colonial officials. By midday the hour had expired. The Battle of Alamance began on May 16 after the Regulators rejected Tryon’s suggestion they disperse peacefully. The Governor will grant you nothing. Though the vast majority of North Carolina's population was rural farmers, most of the colony's political power was in the hands of a small number of city-based officials and merchants. One of them, James Few, was executed at the camp, and six were executed later in nearby Hillsborough. John's sister, Amy, was the wife of Herman Husband, an agitator and pamphleteer prominent in the Regulator movement who was present at the Battle of Alamance. Unfortunately for them, the Regulators had no ammunition and it could not be used. The visitors' center offers exhibits, artifacts, and a presentation on the battle. The battle features in the Diana Gabaldon novel, The Fiery Cross, and is depicted in the television adaptation, Outlander, in the fifth-season episode "The Ballad of Roger Mac," which first aired in 2020. [8], A man considered one of the principal military leaders of the Regulators, Captain Montgomery, was killed by a shell at about the same time a bullet hit Tryon's hat. May 15 – May 16, 1771 2 (Original Television Soundtrack), Outlander: Season 2 (Original Television Soundtrack), https://outlander.fandom.com/wiki/Battle_of_Alamance?oldid=38465. In May of 1771, Jamie and his men head to Alamance, where they are met by Regulator men. Battle of Alamance [8], Losses for both sides are disputed. [8], The battle took place in what was then Orange County. Today the site contains exhibits, period cannon, and colored flags representing troop positions. You have no ammunition. By accepting these terms within one hour from the delivery of this dispatch, you will prevent an effusion of blood, as you are at this time in a state of rebellion against your King, your country, and your laws. The War of Regulation: A Revolutionary Reaction for Reform", "Colonial Williamsburg's latest buy: Money", "Some Neglected History of North Carolina", "Search of Alamance Battleground yields archaeological jackpot", Outlander Recap: “The Ballad of Roger Mac”, "Alamance Battleground, Burlington, North Carolina", "An authentic relation of the Battle of Alamance", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Alamance&oldid=982537937, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. By the 1760s, the restless backcountry residents had coalesced into a loosely controlled group known as "Regulators." Outlander Wiki is a FANDOM Books Community. [10], Tryon took 13 prisoners. At about this time, two men who had been attempting to negotiate a peace between the two sides left Tryon's camp: Reverend David Caldwell and Robert Thompson. The Regulators remained disorganized, with no leadership – no officer ranked higher than captain – and no anticipation of an attack, expecting that their superior numbers would frighten Tryon's militia. About 2,000 so-called "regulators" had gathered, hoping to gain concessions from the Governor by intimidating him with a show of superior force. Alamance Battleground State Historic Site also includes the John Allen House, which family sources suggest was constructed around 1780. Five miles away, 2,000 Regulators had assembled. Peaceful protests and minor incidents occurred until 1768, when an association of "Regulators" was formed. Outside the visitors center, the grounds are marked with 2 granite monuments. had failed to redress their grievances. Realizing what he had done, he sent a flag bearer named Donald Malcolm with a white flag in hopes of calming things quickly. Alamance, North Carolina. [2] Family papers, books, and documents relate the story of the era, providing authentic examples of living on the frontier during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[4]. Tryon reported nine dead and 61 wounded among the militia. Recent archaeological studies at the site have shown that the area now known as Alamance Battleground was also the site of another skirmish in the revolutionary war and of a civil war era Confederate encampment. The Battle of Alamance was fought in May 1771 as part of the War of the Regulation between the forces of Royal Governor William Tryon and a band of settlers from western North Carolina who were dissatisfied with the leadership provided by the royal governors. The flag bearer was himself fired upon by the Regulators, who called out, "Fire and be damned". [3][4], In the spring of 1771, Royal Governor William Tryon left New Bern, mustering and marching approximately 1,000 militia troops west to address a rebellion that had been brewing in western counties for several years, but which had included only minor, scattered acts of violence, followed by refusals to pay fees, disruptions of court proceedings, and continued harassment of government officials.