The Battle of Rockfish Branch on the Cape Fear River
By Jeannette Holland Austin profile
By February 21, 1776, the British General MacDonald crossed to the east side of the Cape Fear and to avoid open battle, sank their boats to discourage pursuit. He then marched southward to Wilmington to join with the forces of Governor Martin. The pursuit of MacDonald lasted several days, resulting in his defeat at Moores Creek Bridge on February 27th.
Hugh Stanley testified before the North Carolina Assembly that he served in the militia and was disabled by wounds which he received during the Battle of Rockfish Creek while serving under General Kenan. He stated that he was disabled " by being chopped on the head and shoulders also on the hands." Source: Treasurer's and Comptrollers Records, Veterans Pensions, North Carolina Archives.
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