|Tory recruit and drummer from Cross Creek, enroute to Wilmington.|
(I bought the knitted bonnets in Spain...go figure).
|Moore's Bridge. Prior to the battle, the Whigs tore up the boards on the bridge|
and greased the stringers. The Highlanders who actually made it across met with a hail
of cannon fire from a small earthen fort, recently thrown up by the Whig force.
The battled ended in a Whig victory, but had two important results: Firstly, Wilmington did not fall into Crown hands and the future highland regiment was significantly depleted. Negatively, the lopsided victory caused North Carolina to rely on militia levies for defense for the remainder of the war, never filling its Continental quota. Once the war returned to the south, North Carolina was absolutely unprepared.
While there was no battle recreation at the National Park, the NPS under the guidance of Ranger Matt Woods put on a great event. The weekend kicked off with wreathlayings at the Scottish Tory and Whig monuments, attended by local Scottish Clan associations and the DAR.
|The last firing of the gun before its retirement to the museum.|
|At the outdoor kitchen, demonstrators talked about Colonial|
foodways, while demonstrating 18thc baking and cooking techniques.
|William Carter and Rick Sheets, horners, were very engaging and had beautiful work.|
|We were able to observe the making of lantern panes and spoons...as well as picking|
up some valuable trade-secrets.
|A few sutlers even made it out for the event.|
|Moore's Creek has a fully functional forge and a robust|
blacksmith apprenticeship program...its all taken off in the last few years.
|Add to this an 18th c soldier's garden and this really is a great site for an event, field trip|
or home school day.
|Non-period marshmellow roasting in sub-freezing temperatures.|
|On our way to Wilmington LOL #Godsavekinggeorge #Downwiththewhigs|