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Affidavit of William Hunt concerning the service of a regiment of the Granville County Militia in the Revolutionary War
Hunt, William
Volume 22, Page 132


William Hunt, a witness, of Granville County, in December, 1832, stated that in August, 1780, a regiment of mounted Volunteers was mustered into the service in Oxford, Granville County, N. C., commanded by Col. Phil. Taylor of which he (Hunt) was Major, which marched through Hillsboro to Salisbury, where was embodied another regiment of Volunteers under Col. Davie who took the command in chief of both regiments, from thence going to Charlotte, but before reaching the latter place, a detachment of the main body in advance had an engagement with the rear of the British Army, in which a son of General Locke was killed. The command had no particular destination but to follow Cornwallis, so as to protect the country from the ravages of the enemy and to harass his army. They were for short periods at 6 Mile Creek, 12 Mile Creek and at Waxhaw Creek. When Cornwallis crossed the Catawba River they returned to a place or settlement called Providence, where they remained until relieved by General Smallwood. Their term of service was for three months but the General in command refused their discharge by reason of the unprotected situation of the country until one month later, when relieved by General Smallwood. John Taylor, Sr., was in the regiment, of which Hunt had in part the command, but he was employed occasionally in the Commissary Department.