244th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Colson’s Mill

July 13, 2024 / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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 244th Anniversary Celebration of the

Battle of Colson’s Mill

 Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 11 am

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

Following the Wreath Laying Ceremony, there will be a Lunch Buffet (Donations accepted to cover costs)

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

Email  or phone 704-438-1531

Chapter Page can be found on Facebook


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.