The July 1813 invasion is remembered in this photo of a NC Highway Marker from This Day in North Carolina History site.

The July 1813 invasion is remembered in this photo of a NC Highway Marker from This Day in North Carolina History site.

While going through old files that I’ve brought over from computer to computer over the years (some of which go back to the late 90s!), I found this list titled:

“WAR OF 1812 – 2 REG’T (July, 1813) NORTH CAROLINA MILITIA”

Best I can tell, it’s the Craven County militia that was mustered in July 1813. There are names here that are not in the War of 1812: Militia of North Carolina 1812 and 1814 book.

According to this article, “The Defense of Wilmington” at the War of 1812 Bicentennial site (a project of the NC Department of Cultural Resources ):

In June 1813 a British fleet commanded by Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn established a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay region. Soldiers came ashore at various times and places to seize goods and harass residents. They grew bolder in their excursions, sacking the Maryland towns of Havre de Grace, Georgetown and Frederickstown, and occupying Hampton 25-27 June 1813. Cockburn sent a squadron south to Ocracoke Inlet, where the British occupied Portsmouth, south of the inlet, for four days, 13-16 July. Alarm spread throughout eastern North Carolina, and Governor William Hawkins called up local militia to rendezvous at New Bern, Edenton, South Washington, and Wilmington.

So what happened with our Craven County men who answered the call in July of 1813? Well, we learn this from This Day in North Carolina History:

The invasion, which was part of the War of 1812, was the most serious attack on North Carolina during the course of the war. Cockburn’s fleet included a 74-gun man-of-war, three frigates, a brig, three schooners and several transport vessels carrying nearly 3,000 British soldiers and marines

The British plundered the islands of “200 head of cattle, 400 sheep, and 1,600 fowls of various kinds.” The troops paid the inhabitants for what they took but at prices far below actual value. The Redcoats took customs collector Thomas Singleton’s “papers in his library” and “tore up his law books.”

Though the British took two privateers, a revenue cutter managed to escape their grasp, reach New Bern and alert the rest of the state to the attack. That, in turn, allowed state militiamen to march on and guard coastal towns.

The British fleet sailed for Nova Scotia on July 16, but warned locals that the entire North Carolina coast remained under a British blockade. There is no evidence that the fleet ever returned to enforce it.

And now, the names…

NAME INDUCTED AS DISCHARGED AS
CHARLES ANDERSON ENSIGN ENSIGN
FREDIDERICK ANDERSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES ANDERSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
LEWIS ANDERSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
REUBEN ANDERSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
THOMAS ANDERSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM BARROT SERGEANT SERGEANT
ZACHARIAH BARROT PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM BOHANION PRIVATE PRIVATE
SIMON BRIGHT PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM BRIGHT PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOSEPH BRYAN PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN BURCH SERGEANT SERGEANT
CHARLES BUTLER PRIVATE PRIVATE
ENOCH BUTLER PRIVATE PRIVATE
ILJAR CAMP LIEUTENANT LIEUTENANT
WILLAM CARMACK PRIVATE PRIVATE
CHURCH CHAPMAN PRIVATE PRIVATE
DAVID CHAPMAN CAPTAIN CAPTAIN
EDWARD CHAPMAN PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN CHAPMAN 1 SERGEANT 1 SERGEANT
STEPHEN CHAPMAN PRIVATE PRIVATE
THOMAS CHARLTON PRIVATE PRIVATE
DAVID CLARK DRUMMER DRUMMER
JAMES CLARK SERGEANT SERGEANT
JOHN CLARK PRIVATE PRIVATE
WEEKS CLARK PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN COLLINS SERGEANT SERGEANT
ABNER COOPER PRIVATE PRIVATE
AMOS COOPER PRIVATE PRIVATE
GUILFORD COOPER PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN COOPER JR PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN COOPER SR PRIVATE PRIVATE
ROBERT COOPER JR PRIVATE PRIVATE
ROBERT COOPER SR PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSE CORMACH PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN COSWAY PRIVATE PRIVATE
FERNEA COX PRIVATE PRIVATE
FREDERICK T COX PRIVATE PRIVATE
ISAAC B COX PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM COX PRIVATE PRIVATE
NATHANIEL DAUGHERTY SERGEANT SERGEANT
DAVID DAUGHERTY SR PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES DAUGHERTY PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM DAUGHERTY PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES DAVIS PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM DAVIS PRIVATE PRIVATE
ULLEN DOUBERLY PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM DUNN DRUMMER DRUMMER
ANSON EERNOLD 1 LIEUTENANT 1 LIEUTENANT
STEPHEN EERNOLD ENSIGN ENSIGN
EIWEH FILLINGAME PRIVATE PRIVATE
ANDREW FRANKS PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES FULLER PRIVATE PRIVATE
ADAM GASKINS 1 SERGEANT 1 SERGEANT
REDDING GASKINS CORPORAL CORPORAL
WILLIAM GRIFFIN PRIVATE PRIVATE
LEVI GRIFFIN PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN GUATHNEY PRIVATE PRIVATE
ORASHA GUATHNEY PRIVATE PRIVATE
MARTIN HAGINS PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOHN HALL FIFER FIFER
WILLIAM HARDY PRIVATE PRIVATE
ABNER HARTLY 1 SERGEANT SERGEANT
RHEUBEN HOBBS PRIVATE PRIVATE
EDMUND HOLIWAY PRIVATE PRIVATE
SHADRICK HOLIWAY PRIVATE PRIVATE
STEPHEN JAMES PRIVATE PRIVATE
EDWARD JONES PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM JONES SERGEANT SERGEANT
WILLIAM KING PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSEE LANCASTER PRIVATE PRIVATE
DURANT H LANE PRIVATE PRIVATE
SAMUEL P LANE ENSIGN ENSIGN
CASWELL LAUGHINGHOUS SERGEANT SERGEANT
SILAS LAUGHINGHOUS PRIVATE PRIVATE
LEONARD LOFTIN PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOBE MANEN PRIVATE PRIVATE
GEORGE MAY PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIAM MCKINAY PRIVATE PRIVATE
ANDREW MORGAN CORPORAL CORPORAL
LABAN MORRIS PRIVATE PRIVATE
THOMAS MORRIS PRIVATE PRIVATE
MOSES NELSON LIEUTENANT LIEUTENANT
LEWIS K PATRICK LIEUTENANT LIEUTENANT
WILEY K PATRICK PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSEE PEARCE PRIVATE PRIVATE
HIRAM POLLARD PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSEE POLLARD PRIVATE PRIVATE
ALLEN PRESCOAT PRIVATE PRIVATE
MELCHOR RHEM PRIVATE PRIVATE
ENOCH SIMMONS PRIVATE PRIVATE
ALLEN SMITH PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES SPEARS PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSEE SPEARS PRIVATE PRIVATE
ISAAC SQUIRES PRIVATE PRIVATE
OLIVER STANTIFF SERGEANT SERGEANT
ISAAC STOKES PRIVATE PRIVATE
ISAAC SUTTON FIFER FIFER
JAMES TAYLOR PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSEE TAYLOR PRIVATE PRIVATE
JAMES TOLER PRIVATE PRIVATE
RIGDON WADSWORTH PRIVATE PRIVATE
LEWIS WARREN PRIVATE PRIVATE
VALENTINE WARREN PRIVATE PRIVATE
NEAL WATSON PRIVATE PRIVATE
JESSE WEST CAPTAIN CAPTAIN
JOHN WEST PRIVATE PRIVATE
JOSEPH WEST PRIVATE PRIVATE
SAMUEL WIGGINS PRIVATE PRIVATE
THOMAS TREWHILLE PRIVATE PRIVATE
WILLIS TREWHILLE PRIVATE PRIVATE