Battle of the House in the Horseshoe

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The Battle of the House in the Horseshoe was a minor engagement during the American Revolution between loyalist militia under the command of David Fanning and patriot militia under the command of Phillip Alston, the owner of the House in the Horseshoe. The battle, which took place on either July 29 or August 5, 1781 (with July 29 being the most accepted date),[2] ended in a victory for the loyalists.[1] The surrender terms between the combatants were negotiated by Alston's wife on behalf of the patriots, and by Fanning for the loyalists.[3]


  1. ^ a b William H. Thompson Jr.,"House in the Horseshoe", Encyclopedia of North Carolina, William S. Powell, ed. (UNC Press, 2006)
  2. ^ "Alston House". North Carolina Historical Markers. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved 20 December 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Thompson, Jessica. "House in the Horseshoe". North Carolina History Project. John Locke Foundation. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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