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Last updated: September 22, 2019
The British Retreats-Gracie Ficarri Moore’s Creek Bridge, North Carolina Moore’s Creek Bridge War occurred on February 27, 1776. The battle had been fought between the American Colonists fighting against the British. At night of February 26, 1776, the Americans and the British were positioned around Moore’s Creek Bridge to fight the next morning. Caswell moved 800 soldiers on the West Bank, and Lillington put 150 men by a slightly elevated hill near the east bank.
Moore had put his 1,000 troops between his creek and Wilmington. Lots of Patriots were on both sides of the bridge readying their cannons and muskets. The Patriots were fighting as the defensive side, and the British were on the offensive side planning to fire first until their leader, MacDonald, felt ill.
(This picture is showing the Colonists firing their weapons at the British from across Moore’s Bridge.)https://www.nps.
gov/mocr/index.htm At 1:00 am on February 27th, McLeod made his 1,500 troops march throughthe swamps in freezing temperatures. After marching through the swamps for a while, the highlanders spotted Caswell’s camp which had been abandoned. Caswell had played a trick on them by leaving the campfires burning to distract the British while the colonists moved east.
The Patriots removes the planks from Moore’s Bridge, greased the girders, and put the artillery to cover the bridge and road. The British Loyalists regrouped at the abandoned campsite and waited for daybreak to follow the Patriots. The British assumed that the Patriots were running, but about on the other side of the bridge about 1,000 Whig soldiers were waiting. The silence had been broken when 500 highlanders ran towards the bridge with their weapons in hand. As the music coming from the bagpipes played, Whig soldiers yelled “King George and Broadswords!” There were only a few highlanders who made it across the slippery bridge. The rest of the highlanders fell into the swamp. The Whig soldiers were shooting from all sides knocking down the highlanders one by one.
…………………………………………………(This picture is resembling the 237th anniversary of Moore’s Bridge Battle.)https://fusilier.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/237th-anniversary-of-battle-of-moores-creek-bridge-1776/ ————————————— (This picture is representing the map of the Battle taking place.)http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3112947/posts ————————————————— Three minutes into the battle, around 70 highlanders were killed or wounded, and McLeod was shot and dead.
There were 850 soldiers who were taken prisoner including MacDonald who had been captured in his tent. The battle ended in three minutes because the British side surrendered because they had no one to lead them, and they were outnumbered. The American Colonists had won the battle. Two months after the battle on April 12th, 1776, North Carolina had been the first colony to vote in favor of independence from Britain. http://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/battle-of-moores-creek-bridge https://www.ncpedia.org/moores-creek-bridge-battle http://www.carolana.com/NC/Revolution/revolution_battle_of_moores_creek.html