A statue of James Hunter at Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

James Hunter, the so-called General of the Regulators. Alamance Battleground State Historic Site, Alamance County, N.C.

Anthony Crider


Alamance Battleground State Historic Site commemorates the May 16, 1771, final battle of the Regulator Movement, also known as the Regulator Insurrection or War of Regulation, which was a rebellion by North Carolinian colonists over issues of taxation and local control. This battle is sometimes considered the opening salvo of the American Revolution.

Today, visitors can visit the 44-acre site to learn more about the battle, the Regulator Movement, and the American Revolution. The visitor center has exhibits, informational movies, and archaeological finds from the site, including a powder horn of Harmon Cox, who fought in the battle. The site also has a 3-pounder cannon, two granite monuments to memorialize those who fought on the site, and a plaque for six men hanged for treason following the Regulator War.

Alamance: What's Nearby

Burlington, NC
Orange County Historical Museum
Hillsborough, NC

Related Battles

Burlington, NC | May 16, 1771
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