A Student of History

February 22, 2013

237th Anniversary of Battle of Moores Creek Bridge (1776)

Filed under: Early America,NC History,Wars — John Maass @ 7:43 am

North Carolina’s first major Revolutionary War battle, fought in 1776, will be celebrating its 237 anniversary this weekend.

Moores Cr

According to the Southport Times:

Living historians will be on the battlefield during the celebration demonstrating the day-to-day life of a colonist along with musket and cannon firing demonstrations throughout the celebration. Family events, including children’s games, candlestick making, and a chance to dress up as a colonist will be available. Learn the significance of The Battle of Moores Creek and the important role North Carolinians played in the fight for freedom. This event is free to the public and promises to be fun for the whole family. BBQ and hot dogs will be provided by the Atkinson Fire Department.

Moores Creek National Battlefield will also be hosting lectures in Patriots Hall starting at 1:00 p.m. with Larry S. Earley, author of, “Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest,” speaking about longleaf pines and the naval stores industry in colonial North Carolina. Special Superior Court Judge and Pender County native Gary E. Trawick, author of, “Born in Reconstruction: The Story of Pender County, 1524-2012,” will entertain the crowd with stories about the area’s impact on colonial North Carolina. These lectures are sure to showcase the rich history this area has to offer.

Moores Creek National Battlefield is located at 40 Patriots Hall Drive Currie, NC 28435. For a schedule of events please visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/mocr/event-schedule-2009-2010.htm.


  1. John,

    I was wondering if you could suggest a good book or paper dealing with the members of the disaffected Regulator Rebellion. I’m interested in how they reacted to the outbreak of the American Revolution- given that many of the leaders involved in suppressing the rebellion became prominent Whigs.

    Comment by Michael Flake — February 23, 2013 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Michael:
    There are 2 recent works: Kars, Breaking Loose Together and Troxler, Farming Dissenters. Both are good, and pretty different from each other. They do not really cover much on how the former Regulators reacted to the Revolution. I handled that a little bit in my dissertation, but did not get into the details. The new Rev govt was worried about them. The Cont Congress sent two ministers into “Regulator Country” to try to win them over in 1775-76. The fact that the area between the Haw and Yadkin rivers (prime Regulator Country in 1771) was also considered to be heavily Tory suggests that they were disaffected from the Revolution. Yours, JM

    Comment by John Maass — February 24, 2013 @ 9:52 am | Reply

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