Moore’s the American Colonists fighting against the British.

Moore’s Creek Bridge Battle happened on February 27, 1776. The war was between the American Colonists fighting against the British. The late night of February 26, 1776, the colonists and the British were positioned around Moore’s Creek Bridge to battle the next morning. Caswell positioned  800 soldiers on the west bank while Lillington put 150 men by a slightly elevated hill on the east bank. Moore had put his 1,000 patriots between his creek and Wilmington. Patriots were on both sides of the bridge with their cannons and muskets. The Patriots were playing as the defensive side. British were on the offensive side planning to fire first until their leader, MacDonald, felt ill so he commanded for the highlanders devolved to Lt. Col. Donald McLeod. (This picture is showing the Colonists firing their weapons at the British from across Moore’s Bridge.)          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 troops regrouped at the abandoned campsite and waited for daybreak to follow the Patriots. The British thought that the Patriots were in retreat, but about 1,000 Whig soldiers were waiting on the opposite side of the bridge. 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.)—————————————(This picture is representing the map of the Battle taking place.)—————————————————     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.      


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