Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Day in History

Patriots sting Loyalists at Shallow Ford, North Carolina

In the early morning hours of October 14, 1780, a contingent of approximately 350 Patriot troops from the North Carolina and Virginia militias engaged a group of British Loyalists, numbering between 400 and 900, at the Shallow Ford crossing of the Yadkin River in North Carolina.

Although they were severely outnumbered, Cloyd ordered the Patriot forces to attack; they gained the advantage when Loyalist leader Colonel Samuel Bryan was killed early in the battle. Without a leader, the Loyalists became disorganized and, realizing that defeat was imminent, they retreated across the Yadkin River, ending their reign of terror over the area. The Patriot militia lost one soldier killed and four wounded while it is believed that the Loyalists lost 14 killed.

The Battle of Shallow Ford is considered one of the most important battles for the Patriot cause to take place in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. It lasted just under 90 minutes.

I find history fascinating and I thought I would share some info. I've found on the wonderful Internet!

Taken from This Day in History at


  1. How interesting that this key battle took place in under 90 minutes. When I read about battles, I always imagine them lasting for days - in severe weather, as the hero fights to make it home to his true love :) but that isn't necessarily reality. Life changing events can happen in a surprisingly short amount of time.

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  3. The Battle of Shallow Ford happened yesterday? Cool.
    I remember learning about it in history class in high school, but I had forgotten everything.
    thanks for the cool info!

  4. Great post, I love history.Even history I've never heard of. (not the Revolutionary War, Shallow Ford Battle).
    It is interesting how different our histories are. So much of US history was shaped by that separation from Britain.
    Here in Oz down until WWII our history was moulded and defined by loyalty to "The old Country" and "Empire."
    Post war we traded that for loyalty to ANZUS.

  5. That is fascinating! Thanks for the great post - I love history. And I especially love learning something new in history!


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