Query: Long

By , February 18, 2013

2/17/2013 22:06:54
Suzanne Long




The LONG family were early settlers of New Hope Creek, Chapel Hill in 1642.    They are shown on a stone Revolutionary Patriot Monument at New Hope Church as Patriots but I can find no documentation of their service in the Revolutionary war.    I am trying to prove George LONG as a patriot to DAR.  A family book “”Son of Carolina”” written by Augustus White LONG of Duke University wrote that George LONG fought in the Battle of Alamance which was considered the first battle of the revolutionary war.  I really need help as I’ve been researching for a long time and am stuck.  I do hope someone in the society is interested in helping me to prove this forgotten American Patriot.  Thank you in advance.  Hopefully, Suzanne Long O’Rourke”


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2 Responses to “Query: Long”

  1. Stewart says:

    As a SAR member, I know that NEITHER the DAR or SAR accept the Battle of Alamance as a valid war – because, this is nothing to do with the Revolution. July 4, 1776 is the date, with just one exception, up north.
    As a side note: IF LONG fought with Gov Tryon, there will be a record. Since the “Regulators” were NOT a formal group, there are no official records. This was another problem which would come out – IF the DAR/SAR were to accept this event. Again, at this point they do NOT.
    We had a Long relative in the SAR, who was from the Long family in Caswell County. They were very active in the American Revolution.
    Have you checked the SAR books??

  2. Stewart says:

    Oh – for the record, The Battle of Alamance occured as a colony, May 1771. The regulators were citizens of the colony. The State Militia, under the Governor (Tryon) was the other side of the event. All Royal Governors had the power to invoke a State Militia. Therefore, Tryon was executing normal – due process.
    The State Militia was made up of citizens. There were NO British Army, there were NO British Red Coats involved. Therefore, the REAL definition of the Battle of Alamance was “citizen against citizen” or a civil war.
    As Past NCSSAR State Historian, I can tell you this battle is a controversial one, in relation to the American Revolution. Therefore I continued to hold the view, let ALL events be valid AFTER July 4, 1776.
    Yet, here in North Carolina, the Battle at Moores Creek occured Feb 1776, pre independence. So there was a move to use the year 1775 as the line in the sand, so to speak.
    Bottom line – 1771 is British Rule, Colonists, with a divided viewpoint over some local issues.

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