At least 257 patriots served in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. Initially, NC sought to disarm blacks, impose curfews and bar them from service. On May 9, 1777, the General Assembly made military service mandatory for men 16 to 50, regardless of race.
At least 208 patriots are connected by birth, enlistment, residence, marriage or death to 39 counties in NC.
Just over 5 percent of the 5,000 known soldiers resided at one time in NC. However, every black citizen of NC at the outset of the Revolution was required to subscribe to an Oath of Allegiance. Every one of the estimated 200,000 blacks in NC in 1775 is by definition a patriot, making every descendant in theory eligible to join a heritage society.