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  • Monument Name

    Moores Creek Bridge Monument, Moores Creek National Battlefield

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War

  • Creator

    Carolina Cut Stone Company, Wilmington, Unspecified

  • City

    Currie

  • County

    Pender

  • Description

    This 3’ x 4’ x 6” granite monument has a polished frame on the front face where the inscription appears below a pair of crossed sabers rendered in bas-relief.

  • Inscription

    BATTLE OF / MOORE’S CREEK BRIDGE / FEBRUARY 27, 1776 / HERE STOOD THE BRIDGE OF / REVOLUTIONARY FAME WHERE 1000 / PATRIOTS UNDER COLS. RICHARD / CASWELL AND ALEXANDER / LILLINGTON DEFEATED 1600 / LOYALISTS LED BY CAPTIAN MCLEOD. / COL. JAMES MOORE COMMANDED / ALL THE PATRIOTS WHO EMBODIED / TO OPPOSE THE LOYALISTS UNDER / BRIG. GEN. DONALD MCDONALD.

  • Custodian

    National Park Service, Moores Creek National Battlefield

  • Dedication Date

    1931

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.458610 , -78.113330 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Blakenship, Jamie. "Background Study on Fences and Monuments at Moores Creek National Battlefield," (Currie, NC: National Park Service, 1989), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

      Bloodworth, Mattie. History of Pender County, North Carolina, (Richmond, V.A. : Dietz Printing Co., ca. 1947), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

      Capps, Michael A., and Davis, Steven A. "Moores Creek National Battlefield: An Administrative History," (Atlanta, GA: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, Southeast Regional Office, Cultural Resources Stewardship, 1999), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

      Carraway, Gertude Sprague. [Scrapbook of clippings and other material dealing with the Moore's Creek battleground celebration and North Carolina's part in the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia], (1926), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

      Hatch, Charles. "Moores Creek National Military Park, North Carolina: the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge," (Washington, D.C.: Office of History and Historic Architecture, 1969), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

      United States Department of the Interior National Park Service. "National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form [Moore's Creek National Military Park No. 66000070]," ([1976]), accessed December 6, 2012 Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    The monument may have been purchased with federal funds.

  • Monument Cost

    $2,000

  • Nickname

    Old Bridge Monument

  • Subject Notes

    During the period when Moores Creek battlefield transferred hands from the Moores Creek Battleground Association to the U.S. War Department, the new administration sought to move away from the previous emphasis on commemoration and focus on specifics of the actual battle. As a result, the Bridge Monument was erected as a part of the changing landscape on the battlefield, and the text was written by the Army War College.

  • Location

    The monument is located near the historic road and beside the reconstructed bridge.

  • Landscape

    The monument is tucked away on the battlefield near trees and shrubs beside the creek.

  • Former Locations

    Originally positioned in front of the reconstructed bridge, the monument was moved and rotated in 1938 so the inscription would be read from the south instead of the east. By moving the monument off the historic road to the side, it no longer obstructed access to the bridge.

  • Post Dedication Use

    An annual ceremony is held in February with historic military demonstrations and reenactments.

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