Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

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The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought near Wilmington in present-day Pender County, North Carolina, on February 27, 1776.wikipedia
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Loyalist (American Revolution)

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The victory of North Carolina Revolutionary forces over Southern Loyalists helped build political support for the revolution and increased recruitment of additional soldiers into their forces.
North Carolina back country Scots and former Regulators joined forces in early 1776, but they were broken as a force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

American Revolutionary War

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The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought near Wilmington in present-day Pender County, North Carolina, on February 27, 1776.
Loyalists were recruited in North Carolina to reassert colonial rule in the South, but they were decisively defeated and Loyalist sentiment was subdued.

84th Regiment of Foot (Royal Highland Emigrants)

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In April, he received royal permission to raise a regiment known as the Royal Highland Emigrants by recruiting retired Scottish soldiers living in North America.
The dangers of recruiting American Loyalists became even clearer after the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, a patriot victory, in North Carolina.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

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He sent word to the recruiters that he expected them to deliver recruits to the coast by February 15, and dispatched Alexander Maclean to Cross Creek (present-day Fayetteville) to coordinate activities in that area.
Despite this, they were eventually defeated by a larger Revolutionary force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

James Moore (Continental Army officer)

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Pursuant to resolutions of the Second Continental Congress, the provincial congress had raised the 1st North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army in fall 1775, and given command to Colonel James Moore.
After distinguishing himself in the campaign that led to the Patriot victory at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, and the battle's aftermath on February 27, 1776, Moore was promoted to brigadier general in the Continental Army.

Alexander Lillington

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Local committees of safety in Wilmington and New Bern also had active militia organizations, led by Alexander Lillington and Richard Caswell respectively.
He fought in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in 1776 as Colonel of the Wilmington District Minutemen.

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These recruiters were also aware that Allan MacDonald, husband of the famous Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was already actively recruiting in North Carolina.
En route to the coast for collection by British transports, they were attacked by an American force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on 28 February 1776 and Allan was taken prisoner.

Richard Caswell

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Local committees of safety in Wilmington and New Bern also had active militia organizations, led by Alexander Lillington and Richard Caswell respectively.
As a Patriot officer in the American Revolutionary War, Caswell led the New Bern District Minutemen on February 27, 1776 in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

New Bern District Brigade

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In the meantime, Caswell led 800 New Bern District Brigade militiamen toward the area.

John Ashe (general)

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Moore, as a precaution against Caswell being defeated or circumvented, detached Lillington with 150 Wilmington militia and 100 men under Colonel John Ashe from the New Hanover Volunteer Company of Rangers to take up a position at the Widow Moore's Creek Bridge.
Raising and equipping this unit at his own expense, Ashe led his regiment in the American victory at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776.

1st North Carolina Regiment

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Pursuant to resolutions of the Second Continental Congress, the provincial congress had raised the 1st North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army in fall 1775, and given command to Colonel James Moore.

Moores Creek National Battlefield

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The War Department operated the park until 1933, when the National Park Service began managing the site as the Moores Creek National Battlefield.
The park commemorates the 1776 victory by a thousand Patriots over about eight hundred Loyalists at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.

Salisbury District Brigade

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The 1st Battalion participated in one engagement, the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776.

Battle of Sullivan's Island

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His attempt failed; it represented the end of significant British attempts to control the southern colonies until late 1778.
He met with the royal governors of North and South Carolina, Josiah Martin and William Campbell, and learned that the recruited Scottish Loyalists had been defeated at Moore's Creek Bridge two weeks earlier.

Guilford County Regiment

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Colonel Martin led the Guilford Militia at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse and in the Cherokee Expedition of 1776.

Halifax District Brigade

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Wilmington, North Carolina

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The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought near Wilmington in present-day Pender County, North Carolina, on February 27, 1776.

Pender County, North Carolina

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The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought near Wilmington in present-day Pender County, North Carolina, on February 27, 1776.

American Revolution

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The victory of North Carolina Revolutionary forces over Southern Loyalists helped build political support for the revolution and increased recruitment of additional soldiers into their forces.

Battles of Lexington and Concord

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Loyalist recruitment efforts in the interior of North Carolina began in earnest with news of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and Patriots in the province also began organizing Continental Army and militia units.