PVT Robert Beatty

Death 1 Feb 1781
Township 10-Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Township 10-Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 193114549 · View Source
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According to the book titled: "NC Patriots 1775 - 1783: Their Own Words - Volume 2 - The Provincial and State Troops (Part 2)" By J. D. Lewis. Per Page 60 - Name: Robert Beatty, County: Unknown, Year/Rank/Served Under/Notes: A Private, unit and dates unknown. Killed at Battle of Cowan's Ford on 2/1/1781. Known Battles: Cowan's Ford.

According to the book titled: "Historical Papers, Volumes 2-4" By Trinity College Historical Society. Per Page 19 - Now, I (i.e. Robert Henry) will give my own version of the transaction of Cornwallis crossing Catawba River at Cowan's Ford, 1st February, 1781. Robert Beatty, a lame man, had taken up a school near the Tuckaseedga [Tuckaseegee] Ford, and had taught two days, and was teaching the third, when news came to the school-house that Cornwallis was camped at Forney's, about seven miles from the school-house; that [Lt. Col.] Tarleton was ranging through the contry catching Whig boys to make musicians of them in the British Army. The master instantly dismissed the scholars, directing them to go home and spread the news, and retired himself. [Next Per Page 20] - I (i.e. Robert Henry) remember I looked over the guard to see if there was any person with whom I was acquainted, and found none but Joel Jetton, and my lame school-master, Robert Beatty, with my comrade Charles Rutledge.
[Next Per Page 21] - I (i.e. Robert Henry) thought Dick Beal had fired at me. That moment [Major William] Polk wheeled his horse and cried, "Fire away boys; there is help at hand!" [Then I] turning my Eye around, [Robert Henry clearly says he was] designing to run away [he was not accepting the Officer's order], I saw my lame school-master, [Robert] Beatty, loading his gun by a tree; I thought I could stand as long as he could, and commenced loading. [Robert] Beatty fired, then I fired, the heads and shoulders of the British being just above the bank; they had not returned fire; silence still prevailed.

A third source is found in the book titled: "General Joseph Graham and His Papers on North Carolina Revolutionary History..." By Major William Alexander Graham. 1904. Note that Major William Alexander Graham was the grandson of General Joseph Graham, and at the time of the Battle of Cowan's Ford the rank of Joseph Graham was a Captain of the Cavalry of Mecklenburg County, N.C. According to this above mentioned book on page 298 it states: "At Cowan's Ford, besides General [William Lee] Davidson, there were killed James Scott, of Lieutenant [Thomas] Davidson's picket [or Guard]; Robert Beatty, of [Captain Joseph] Graham's Cavalry, and one private of General [William Lee] Davidson's infantry..."


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Robert Beatty (unknown–1 Feb 1781), Find a Grave Memorial no. 193114549, citing Cowan's Ford Battleground Cemeteries (Two), Township 10-Lemley, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by J. E. Ferguson Misenheimer, Jr. (contributor 49505082) .