Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
Chase M. Hine
Ch The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge took place on February 27th, 1776. This victory was an enormously important part of North Carolina history and critical to the American patriots' dream of independence from Great Britain. This event prevented the British from taking over the southern colonies at the start of the Revolutionary War and boosted morale throughout the colonies.
Ch Royal Governor Josiah Martin organized the Scottish Highlanders to join the British army and so they marched towards Wilmington on the 18th of February. Colonel James Moore was the commanding officer of the 1st North Carolina Continentals. He learned of the enemy plans and decided to meet the Highlanders along the way.
Ch At the bridge, about 20 miles outside Wilmington, the Patriots removed planks and greased the beams of the bridge so the enemy would have trouble crossing. When the Scots attempted to cross using narrow logs, Colonel Moore's men began to fire. The battle did not last long and in the end, 50 Scots were killed and 850 others were captured. As for the Patriots, only a single man was lost and one other injured.
Bibliography Drawing of Battle at Moores Creek Bridge http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/mocr/images/figure2.jpg Leloudis, James L. North Carolina! New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2003. Picture of Memorial at Moores Creek Bridge http://www.nationalparks.org/images/PlanYourParkTripimgs/parkgraphics/MOCR.jpg
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The story of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge that was a critical victory for the American patriots and their dream of freedom from Britia...