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.
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