Bladen County Courthouse
Captain Robert Raiford led riot at trial involving a loyalist, ? Sep 1782 [? Nov 1782]
Where: 34.62637 -78.605362 Bladen County Courthouse
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Here is Bladen County Courthouse. The original courthouse had
burned in 1700 and then was rebuilt in 1773, and then burned down in
1800. They rebuilt the courthouse right where the old one stood and the
Yankees burned it down. Then they rebuilt it in the same place, and it
burned down again in 1893. They rebuilt it again, in the same place, and
the new one is there. Hopefully they have a sprinkler system.
- NBBAS:Four p.87-88:
Bladen County Courthouse, North Carolina
In September Captain Robert Raiford of the North Carolina Continental
Line burst into the Bladen County Courthouse at the head of thirty men.
He attacked Archibald MacLaine with his sword for defending a Tory who
was on trial. The mob beat the court clerk for no apparent reason and
then moved the riot out into the street. After electing "field officers"
the mob marched around the County apprehending Tories without any orders
from a higher commanding officer. A warrant was issued for Raiford’s
arrest, but he had returned to Greene’s army where he was put in command
of the light infantry. A year later Raiford was brought to trial, but
- David Lee Russell, The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies, 2000, McFarland & Company, p.314
As evidence of the continued fear among the troops that they would not be treated fairly, in November of 1782 a riot took place at Bladen Court House when 30 men led by Captain Robert Raiford of the Continental Line charged that loyalists were being favored in land disputes.
Date given as November 1782.
- It is believed that Capt. Raiford had purchased the property of 4 loyalists and put together an estate which was being challenged in the court. This may possibly be found in a JSTOR article.
- Sep 1782 listing 9/1782 Bladen County Courthouse. American victory. Per O'Kelley.
Confidence level: See above.