The British army was just one enemy in the War for Independence.

Up and down the Atlantic coast, some colonists sided with the Whigs, wanting independence for the new United States.

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Taking Sides

Whigs and Tories were to be found from one end of North Carolina to the other.
Yet there were pockets of Whig support and areas of Tory resistence that were notable.

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A civil war

Whig control of the state was all but lost when Lord Cornwallis swept through North Carolina with his army in 1781.
Some Tories had become bolder during the first British invasion in 1780 and had joined with the invaders.
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Neighbor killing Neighbor