Revolutionary War Battle of Moore's Creek Scottish Tartan Buckle
Scottish Tartan Buckle 2.5 in complete with large pin . Silver plated or German silver. Very fine condition. A suitable piece for a clan leader or officer. The relic was recovered on private lands and have been in a collection for years.
THE BATTLE OF MOORE’S CREEK, NC. The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was aminor conflict of the Revolutionary War fought near Wilmington (present-day PenderCounty), North Carolina, on February 27, 1776. The victory of the North Carolina Provincial
Congress' militia force over British governor Josiah Martin's reinforcements at Moore's Creek marked the decisive turning point of the Revolution in North Carolina. Americanindependence would be declared less than five months later. Loyalist recruitment efforts in theinterior of North Carolina began in earnest with news of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and patriots in the province also began organizing Continental Army and militia. When word
arrived in January 1776 of a planned British Army expedition to the area, Martin ordered his militia to muster in anticipation of their arrival. Revolutionary militia and Continental units mobilized to prevent the junction, blockading several routes until the poorly armed loyalists were forced to confront them at Moore's Creek Bridge, about 18 miles north of Wilmington. In a brief early-morning engagement, a charge across the bridge by sword-wielding
loyalist Scotsmen was met by a barrage of musket fire. Two loyalist leaders were killed, another captured, and the whole force was scattered. In the following days, many loyalists were arrested, putting a damper on further recruiting efforts. North Carolina was not
militarily threatened again until 1780, and memories of the battle and its aftermath negated efforts by Charles Cornwallis to recruit loyalists in the area in 1781. The relic was recovered on private lands and have been in a collection for years.