This Day In History May 3, 1775 – Earl of Dartmouth organizes North Carolina Loyalists against Patriots


North Carolina Anglophile Loyalists organize to crush Patriot uprising – history scrawls the destiny-fated results in favor of all humankind


The Earl of Dartmouth (1777), by Nathaniel Hone

William Legge, 2nd earl of Dartmouth and secretary of state for the colonies for British King George III, instructs colonial Governor Josiah Martin of North Carolina to organize an association of Loyalists and raise militias on this day in 1775. Exactly one year later, British Commodore Hyde Parker and General Charles Cornwallis were to arrive in North Carolina with 20 transport ships.

Martin directed Loyalist efforts from his ship Cruiser anchored in the Cape Fear River following a Patriot attack on his home in April 1775. When the residents of Mecklenburg County effectively declared their independence from the crown later in May, Martin sent a copy of their resolves to Britain, requested military supplies from British General Thomas Gage in Boston and plotted to arm the slaves of North Carolina to help put down any Patriot uprising.

Read more at This Day In History


  • Loyalists – Wikipedia
  • An Introduction to North Carolina Loyalist Units
  • Tories – North Carolina History Project

    War of the Regulation
    The War of the Regulation (or the Regulator Movement) was a North Carolina uprising, lasting from approximately 1765 to 1771, in which citizens took up arms against corrupt colonial officials. Although unsuccessful, some historians consider it a catalyst to the American Revolutionary War.

    Colonists Drumming a British Loyalist Out of Town (Image Art.com)

    Image: Colonists Drumming a British Loyalist Out of Town during the American Revolution (Image and other history artwork vailable at art.com)


    Britannia offers solace and a promise of compensation for her exiled American born Loyalists.(Reception of the American Loyalists by Great Britain in the Year 1783. Engraving by H. Moses after Benjamin West.) Image Wikipedia




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