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On May 16, 1771, the Regulators met the forces of Royal Governor William Tryon in the Battle of Alamance, climaxing an expedition by Tryon to suppress the uprising known as the War of Regulation. The site of the battle has been designated a state historical site, and many relics from the battlefield are displayed in the museum. In May of this year, there will be a week of events sponsored by the Alamance County Historical Association to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle.
On 16 May 1771, 2,000 Regulators fought against 1,200 Militia led by Royal Governor Tryon in the battle of Alamance Creek. Holt discusses the men and circumstances of this famous North Carolina battle fought in Alamance County.
Herman Husband was a leader of the Regulators during the pre-Revolutionary era. He was a man of education and had a talent for public leadership with an inborn hatred of oppression. He represented Orange County in the Colonial Assembly and would have been acclaimed as a patriot had the Regulators been successful at the battle on Great Alamance Creek.
The article examines the Regulators’ and Governor William Tryon’s use of political language and rituals to support their causes and the growing crisis between Britain and the colonies in the 1760s. The author states that the Regulator movement was ultimately shaped by political interests and consequences beyond the state and influenced the American Revolution. Both the Regulators and Tryon believed that the other group did not follow the laws of the country and that this problem could be settled outside the law.