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  • 242nd Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Colson’s Mill
    11:00 AM-1:00 PM
    July 23, 2022

    247 W Turner St, Norwood, NC 28128, USA

    247 W Turner St, Norwood, NC 28128, USA

    The Colson’s Mill Chapter, NC Society Sons of the American Revolution
    Cordially invites you to participate in the
    242nd Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Colson’s Mill

    Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 11 am

    Location: Norwood Community Building, 247 West Turner St, Norwood, NC 28128

     

    The public is cordially invited to attend a commemoration honoring the men who chased the British out of Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley.

     

    Tentative Schedule of Events

    11 am                 Registration for Attending Chapters

    NCSSAR Color Guard Presentation of Colors

    Welcome

    Recognition of Guests

    Battle of Colson’s Mill Memorial and Wreath Laying

     

    1130 am             Lunch Buffet (Donations Accepted)

    Guest Speaker: TBA

    Dismissal and Recession

    History of the Battle of Colson’s Mill

    In the spring of 1780 General Cornwallis’ victories in South Carolina had created enough excitement in North Carolina to inspire a loyalist force to emerge in the Yadkin River Valley under the leadership of Colonel Samuel Bryan.

    About June 30 Bryan and nearly 800 men began marching south down the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Valley toward Cheraw, there to join up with British forces.

    American General Griffith Rutherford ordered his adjutant, Colonel William Lee Davidson, and about 200 men to pursue the Tories, and a race ensued down the Yadkin River Valley.  Believing themselves to be out of harm’s way and close enough to Cornwallis’ headquarters to prevent attack, Bryan’s Tories pitched camp near an inn and a mill on the Cheraw Road called Colson’s.

    However, Colonel Davidson had no intention of letting the loyalists escape and on the morning of July 21 he surprised the enemy and drove the loyalists into the woods—and back to their homes.  Davidson thus denied Cornwallis an addition of nearly 1000 troops and effectively broke any remaining loyalist sympathies along the Yadkin River Valley.

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    For more information, contact Colson’s Mill Chapter President Daniel Burleson

    Email  or phone 704-438-1531

    Chapter Page can be found on Facebook

    NC Society, Sons of American Revolution website www.ncssar.org

  • Battle of Colson’s Mill
    All day
    July 23, 2022

    No additional detail for this event.

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Annual NCSSAR Events

See the map below for the locations of annual commemorations that occur throughout the state on or around their anniversary date.