Myhand's Bridge.

What: Skirmishes,
Capt. John Williams vs. Mobley, October 1780
Col. James Keenan vs. Mobley, 13 May 1781

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Where: 34.99427, -78.37912, Myhand's Bridge

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  • "The Sampson County Courthouse 1784-1904"
    These new justices held their first meeting on June 21, 1784 at the home of James Myhand near the Great Coharie Creek, also known as Myhand's Tavern. It was located 2 miles west of today's courthouse, and a mile east of the Great Coharie. Myhand's Bridge, which crossed over the Great Coharie, was then an important landmark, and was located at roughly the same position where the Highway 24 bridge crosses that creek today.

  • Laws and resolutions of the State of North Carolina, passed by the General ..., J. Turner, Jr., 1889.
    ... junction to the center of its junction with Fayetteville street thence the center of said Fayetteville street to the corporate limits of said town of Clinton and continuing thence with the center of the public road to the center of Myhand's bridge on Big Coharie creek shall constitute and be known as North Clinton township ...

  • Barefoot, Not found.

  • NBBAS:Two P. 351-3
    Revlist post

  • NBBAS:Three P. 237-8
    Myhandís Bridge, North Carolina

    13 May 1781

    Colonel James Kenan had shadowed the movements of Middleton Mobley and his Loyalists through Duplin County. Kenan was awaiting the assistance of a dozen men with a swivel gun from the "old Ferry" at Helltown Ford. A small stockade at the old ferry protected the ford across the South Branch of the Black River. Kenan decided that the swivel gun would not arrive before Mobleyís force increased their ranks and outnumbered his two cavalry troops. What Kenan didnít know was that Mobley already outnumbered him. Mobley had 120 Loyalists, while Kenan had fifteen of his men and sixty of Captain James "Shay" Williamsí men.

    On the morning of May 13th Kenan had his men ride near Myhandís Bridge to draw Mobleyís Loyalists out of their fortified camp. Mobley took the bait. He had his men cross a narrow causeway leading to two bridges crossing the swamp. The first bridge had been stripped of its planks by the Loyalists to build their defensive works.

    As the Loyalists came across the causeway "Shay" Williamís militia opened fire on their flank. When the Patriots began to envelope the rear of the Loyalists they began to panic. They received fire from every corner. Mobley was able to push through on their left and break out of the encirclement. The Loyalists fled down the Little Coharie, leaving three dead, two seriously wounded, and about ten men captured.

    Kenanís men pursued the Loyalists, but Mobley had the advantage of fighting a defensive action from a tangled, irregular and deep swamp with only a small, horse-wide path leading down the side of the Little Coharie Creek.

    Kenan had several men wounded and Captain Williams lost a man from one of his mounted detachments when a "serpent which attacked from a Tree" and frightened his horse. The man was bitten about the face and shoulders. Kenanís men pulled back and pillaged the Tory camp, drinking a large quantity of rum.

    The dismounted detachment of Williamsí Company followed the Loyalists to Boykins Plantation without orders to do so or even telling Captain Williams. They used canoes, dugouts or small boats to cross the creek. When Williamsí infantry arrived at the plantation they found themselves badly outnumbered. They withdrew while the Loyalists pillaged Boykins' home.

    Mobleyís men smashed the blacksmith shop and threw a large anvil in the Coharie River. They took two of the Boykinsí cows and slaughtered them in the front yard. By nightfall the Loyalists had stolen the boats from Boykins Plantation and made their way downstream. Several of them were on foot, unable to secure a mount.

    After the Loyalists left Williamsí foot detachment took up positions around the Boykin house and attempted to help repair some of the damage. They sent a slave to inform the commander of their position. It is not known what happened to the slave, since he never arrived. Mobley and his men fled down the Coharie River, moving towards Wilmington to join Major Craig.

  • Sherman, "Calendar..." . ref to NBBAS:Three, above. Search for myhand's bridge. . To avoid long downloads, use option to "Save and view this PDF in Reader".

  • RevWar75 RevWar75   Google search for RevWar75 listings for myhand's bridge.
  • listing. October 1780. Shown as draw.
  • listing: 13 May 1781. Shown as insufficient info.

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    Submitted by: Patrick O'Kelley..

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