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Capt. William Deaton - Tory in Revolutionary War
Posted by: Melissa Morris (ID *****4221) Date: August 08, 2006 at 07:38:31
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I'm looking for additional information about Capt. William Deaton. Below is all I know of him:

Deaton participated in the Battle of Betli's Bridge on Drowning Creek. This was the 1st of Sept 1781 and was a serious Whig defeat and a stunning victory for the Loyalist. This battle is actually recorded as the Battle of McPhaul's Mill and lead directly to the raid on Hillsborough. On the 12th of Sept 1781, Fanning's Regiment conducted the rain on Hillsborough. This is considered Fanning's most daring exploit. In this raid, two other regiments joined in and assisted in killing 15 rebels, wounding another 20, and capturing more than 200, including Governor Burke. On the 13th of Sept 1781, Fanning's marched on to Lindley's Mill to attack General Butler and his party of Rebels. The attack on Lindleys Mill was a devastating 4 hour battle that continued until Butler and his Rebels retreated. Fannings lost 27 men killed including Captain William Deaton, 60 men wounded so badly they couldn't be moved (presumably they too died) and another 30 slightly wounded. This battle was fought by the 950 men in Fanning's Regiment and the unknown number of men in the two regiments that had joined Fanning.

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