Col Edward Buncombe

Col Edward Buncombe

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 1778 (aged 35–36)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 10832998 · View Source
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Revolutionary War Soldier. At first he was loyal to the crown, but one event changed that: Governor Josiah Martin, the last Royal Governor of North Carolina, had addressed the Carolina Assembly at Newbern, in an abusive anti-American speech, demanding that Carolinians not send representatives to the Continental Congress. This turned Buncombe to the cause of liberty. On the April 15, 1776, the Halifax Assembly elected Buncombe colonel of the 5th battalion of North Carolina troops. The new colonel equipped and drilled the troop at his own expense. Having just buried his wife, he settled his affairs and said goodbye to his children. He rode at the head of his regiment, and began a military career that would end disastrously at Germantown. Buncombe fought at the Battle of Brandywine, and was wounded and captured at Germantown. According to a letter from his sister, Mrs. Cain, dated March 23, 1780, he died a prisoner of war at Philadelphia, at the age of thirty-seven. Buncombe County, North Carolina, was named in his honor. It's sad that this Tory turned patriot's name was sullied by its association with the word "Bunk!" Bunk, long-winded and useless speech, stuff and nonsense, was a word coined and applied in 1820 to Felix Walker, a member of the House of Representatives from Buncombe County.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 22 Apr 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10832998
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Edward Buncombe (1742–1778), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10832998, citing Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .