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The 3rd North Carolina Regiment was raised on 16 January 1776 at Wilmington, North Carolina for service with the Continental Army. In April, Jethro Sumner was appointed colonel. The regiment was present at the defense of Charleston in June 1776. The 3rd Regiment transferred from the Southern Department to George Washington's main army in February 1777. Assigned to Francis Nash's North Carolina Brigade in July 1777, it soon saw action at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and was present at White Marsh. Sumner went home ill in early 1778. Together with the 4th, 5th, and 6th North Carolina Regiments, the 3rd Regiment was reduced to a cadre and sent home to recruit up to strength on 1 June 1778. The rebuilt regiment returned to the main army in late 1778, but it was reduced to a cadre again in April 1779 and sent back to its home state. Assigned to the North Carolina Brigade, the regiment fought at the Siege of Charleston where it was captured by the British Army on 12 May 1780. The regiment was officially disbanded on 15 November 1783.[1]

3rd North Carolina Regiment
AllegianceUnited States Continental Congress
BranchContinental Army
Part ofNorth Carolina Line
EngagementsBattle of Sullivan's Island (1776)
Battle of Brandywine (1777)
Battle of Germantown (1777)
Battle of White Marsh (1777)
Siege of Charleston (1780)
Colonel Jethro Sumner
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Mebane
Lieutenant Colonel John Armstrong





Companies of this unit were engaged in the following battles, sieges, and skirmishes:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, J.D. "3rd North Carolina Regiment". The American Revolution in North Carolina. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  • Boatner, Mark M. III (1994). Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-0578-1.
  • Wright, Robert K. Jr. (1989). The Continental Army. Washington, D.C.: US Army Center of Military History. CMH Pub 60-4.
  • Davis, Charles L.; A Brief History of the North Carolina Troops on the Continental Establishment in the War of the Revolution with a Register of Officers of the Same, published in 1896, Link, accessed Jan 30, 2019

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