Fought in the War with England in 1812. A man of 70 years of age he was appoint- ed Major and commanded what became known as MacRae's battalion. He was the grandson of Rev. Alexander MacRae, minister of Kintail, two of whose sons fell fighting for the Pretender at Culloden. (Source, Sprunt-Chronicle of the Cape Fear River). Commanded First Battalion of N. C. Heavy Artillery in the Cape Fear Area.