About Capt. James Trousdale
James Trousdale is thought to have been an unnamed member of the ill-fated rebels at the battle of Alamance on May 16, 1771. From this experience, he raised a company of militia and became a hero of the Revolution who fought in North and South Carolina with Francis Marion "the Swamp Fox." He was captured at Charleston and severely wounded by a saber cut from one of Colonel Tarleton's Calvary at the Battle of Guildford
Courthouse (March 15, 1781) in Greensboro North Carolina. While he healed, he was the jailer of Hillsborough North Carolina and he and his company was at Yorktown for Cornwallis's surrender on Oct 19, 1781. For this service James received first 200 acres on Haw Creek in 1779 (NC Land Grant XL 929) and later 640 acres in Tennessee and the city of Gallatin was founded on his property. This latter land grant is on the wall today in the foyer of Trousdale Place in Gallatin.
James Trousdale is buried in the Gallatin Cemetery and was a true patriot in the fullest sense of the word. The United States of America owes a great debt of gratitude to men such as James.
Capt. James Trousdale's Timeline
Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
December 16, 1775
Orange, North Carolina, USA