The second of five scheduled NC
MRF History Tours was held on May 28th in Burlington, NC. The
tour started in Apex and traveled to the Alamance County Battlefield.
Visitors to Alamance Battleground view the field of battle, which
is marked by a granite monument given as a memorial in 1880. An audiovisual
presentation of the battle is offered in the visitor center. Located
on the grounds of the site is the Allen House, a log dwelling characteristic
of those lived in by frontier people on the western fringes of the
During our visit, we watched the audiovisual presentation and then
we were lucky enough to get a personalized guided tour of the battlegrounds
from local historian Bill Thompson. Bill also did a live fire demonstration
of a period black powder musket for us.
After the tour was over, we headed to a historic lunch spot in southern
Chapel Hill. We ate at Allen & Son Bar-B-Q. (5650 US Hwy 15 501
N, Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-2294) This a classical NC BBQ joint.
We would like to thank the riders who came out for this tour. These
riders understand the importance of protecting the things they love.
Riding our motorcycles is important to all of us and these riders
have shown their love for motorcycling by financially supporting the
MRF on this history tour. A Freedom Fighter donation was made to the
MRF with the tour donations and that donation will go directly towards
our fight at the federal level for fair motorcycle related legislation.
To view the MRF's legislative agenda go HERE.
If you are not already an MRF member, please consider joining. The
MRF is completely focused on supporting street motorcycling. Join
The next NC
MRF History Tour will be limited to twenty (20) bikes and will
ride to the Moore's
Creek Battleground on Saturday, June 25th. There will be a total
of five NC MRF
History Tours during 2005.
We would like to thank long-time MRF Individual Sustaining Member
Bruce Harris for his dedication to the MRF, his time and effort in
organizing and planning this History Tour, and his enthusiasm for
creating fun, alternate riding opportunities for North Carolina's
The Battle of Alamance
During the years preceding the American Revolution many North Carolina
people experienced strong feelings of discontent with the way the
provincial government conducted the affairs of the colony. Their quarrel
was not with the form of government or the body of laws but with abuses
by government officials. Grievances affecting the daily lives of the
colonists included excessive taxes, dishonest sheriffs, and illegal
fees. It was in the western counties that the War of the Regulation
In 1768, an association of "Regulators" was formed. Wealthier
colonists considered them to be a mob. The Regulators never had an
outstanding leader, though several men were prominent in the movement.
One leader, Herman Husband, a Quaker and disciple of Benjamin Franklin,
circulated political pamphlets seeking to effect peaceful reform.
Discouraged over failure to secure justice through peaceful negotiations,
the reformers took a more radical stand. Violence, lawlessness, and
terrorism reigned. When punitive measures were taken against them,
the Regulators defiantly refused to pay fees, terrorized those who
administered the law, and disrupted court proceedings.
It fell to Royal Governor William Tryon to bring the backcountry revolt
to a speedy conclusion. In March 1771, the governor's council advised
Tryon to call out the militia and march against the rebel farmers.
Volunteers for the militia were mustered. After resting on the banks
of Alamance Creek in the heart of Regulator country, Tryon gathered
his army of approximately one thousand men. Five miles away, the army
of Regulators, about two thousand strong, had assembled.
The Battle of Alamance began on May 16, 1771 after the Regulators
rejected Tryon's suggestion that they disperse peacefully. Lacking
leadership, organization, and adequate munitions, the Regulators were
no match for Tryon's militia. Many Regulators fled the field of battle,
leaving their bolder comrades to fight on.
The rebellion of the Regulators was crushed by military defeat. Nine
members of the militia were killed and sixty-one wounded. The Regulator
losses were much greater, though exact numbers are not known. Tryon
took fifteen prisoners, of whom seven were executed later.
The War of the Regulation illustrates the dissatisfaction of a large
segment of the population during the time before the American Revolution.
The boldness with which reformers opposed royal authority provided
a lesson in the use of armed resistance, which revolutionaries employed
a few short years later in the War for Independence.