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Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

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Down the Wild Cape Fear

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates a place about eighteen miles above Wilmington, on a tributary of the Black. Here lies a replica wooden bridge across Widow Elizabeth Moore's Creek that commemorates an important battle of the American Revolution, fought at daybreak on February 27, 1776. It was not a battle that ever found its way into the history books the author studied in grammar school, not like Concord or Lexington, Saratoga or Yorktown. Yet, for a couple of reasons, it was important far out of proportion to the number of troops who fought there. First, early in the war, it was one of the only Patriot victories in a long string of defeats. Second, it helped foil a grand scheme of the British to stamp out the rebellion in the South and split the colonies, which would almost surely lead to their surrender.

Keywords:   Wilmington, Widow Elizabeth Moore, American Revolution, history books

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