North Carolina Militia

Research by Griffin Daughtry


1. Letter from an inhabitant of North Carolina, December 05, 1780

Royal Governor Josiah Martin attempted several times during the implementation of the southern strategy to retake the state government. The letter written by an unknown North Carolinian reveals the response of citizens to the Royal Governors actions. Having felt threatened by his actions, many enlisted in their Whig militias as an attempt to prevent what they thought to be a potential loss of property and even their lives. The action of the citizens noted in this letter reveal some of the individual reasons for enlisting in Whig militias. Militia service wasn’t always about fighting for the revolutionary ideals at the time, but was often a result of perceived economic necessity.

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