Historians have taught that the American Revolution began with the "Shot heard around the world" at the Old North Bridge, Concord, New Hampshire. Although, at Concord on April 19, 1775, the conflict blazed up into a conflagration, perhaps another shot fired four years earlier in central North Carolina, was the Spark that ignited our American Revolution.
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Following the unsuccessful English settlement at Roanoke Island in the late 1500’s, colonization of Virginia and South Carolina gained more prominence, and the North Carolina uplands were settled by a more rugged, more independent-minded type of individual.
In 1765 the new Royal Governor of the North Carolina Colony, Lord Tryon, imposed a policy of taxation to build his opulent palace in New Bern. Over time, colonial leaders from the west wrote letters to the Gov. and spoke with the royal administrators requesting moderation of the onerous taxing and highhanded policies of the Royal Court in Hillsborough.
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Invoice from Thomas Leach for medical care
Leach, Thomas May 10, 1772 Volume 22, Page 481
Mr. Danl. Peegram, Junr., to Thomas Leach, Dr.
May 10th, 1772—
To Vizits at Different Times, Opening Dressing, Med. and Cureing your knee of a Gun shott Wound Rec’d in his Majes’y Service in the year 1771, in the Battle fought at the Grate Allamance, the 16th day of May, Under the Command of his Excellen’y the Governor Tryon
Bute County, Jan’y 22, 1773.
-PHILEMON HAWKINS, J. P.