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American Revolution: Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge (1776)

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  • William Whitfield, III (1743 - bef.1817)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A124694 William Whitfield III had 30 children by his four wives. He had 40 descendants that served in the Confederate Army. Whitf...
  • Donald MacDonald (1712 - aft.1784)
    MacDonald, veteran of the battles of Culloden and Bunker Hill, was the most significant Scottish Highlander to serve the king's cause in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Early in the war he...
  • James Hunter (1735 - 1782)
    DAR # A 060489 for NC. Hunter, leader of the Regulator movement, was born of Scotch-Irish ancestry probably in Pennsylvania. Tradition has him the son of James, Sr., but his mother was the former "wido...
  • Col James James (The Silent Retreat) Hinton (c.1750 - 1794)
    James Hinton, planter, legislator, Revolutionary soldier, and county official, was born in Johnston (now Wake) County, the second son of Colonel John and Grizelle Kimbrough Hinton. Little is known of...
  • Frederick Hargett (c.1742 - 1810)
    Hargett (or Harget), Revolutionary War captain, planter, and lawmaker, was probably born in the area that became Pitt County. The second son of Frederick Hargett, he had only one sibling, Peter Hargett...

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From North Carolina History Project

Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

Labeled the "Lexington and Concord of the South" by many historians.

In February of 1776, North Carolina Patriots embattled several hundred Tories at Moore’s Creek Bridge, and it was the first battle on North Carolina soil during the Revolutionary War. Later dubbed the “Lexington and Concord of the South,” the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge became a significant Patriot victory, mainly due to the leadership of three colonels: James Moore, Alexander Lillington, and Richard Caswell.

On the early morning hours of February 27 the British ground forces made their way on the bridge. Nearly 500 soldiers stormed the bridge, but they were met by an extreme amount of Patriot musket fire. After only three minutes of fighting the battle was over, and the Patriots had claimed victory.

Almost 70 Loyalist soldiers had been killed, nearly 850 soldiers were captured, and Lt. Col. McLeod had been killed in the battle.

Historians admit that the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge led to the demise of British royal government in North Carolina. The royal government had to flee from the colony, and Britain was no longer allowed port in the colony’s costal towns.

In addition, the victory aroused delegates to meet at Halifax on April 12, 1776, to discuss North Carolina’s support of Independence, and the battle allowed the Patriots to hold to the South at the early outset of the Revolutionary War.


"The National Parks Service says,

The Heroic Women’s Monument at Moores Creek National Battlefield is believed to be the only monument in America to 18th century women and their sacrifices during the American Revolution.”


  1. “Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.” William S. Powell, ed. Encyclopedia of North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, NC 2006).
  2. “Moore’s Creek Bridge.” North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program website. A Division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. (accessed January 16, 2011).