"KING GEORGE AND BROADSWORDS": The Story of the Battle at Widow Moores Creek, Fryar, Jack E.
36pgs. full color illus., 2006. Elementary, middle school.
In 1776, America was a country at war with itself. British soldiers
had shot colonial militia at Lexington and Concord, only to be shot
in return by Massachusetts farmers and Minutemen on the long march back
to Boston. In North Carolina, people were divided between those who
wanted to remain loyal to King George III, and those who were ready
to break away from Great Britain to form their own nation. North Carolina’s
Royal Governor, Josiah Martin, had fled from New Bern’s fabulous
Tryon Palace to the safety of a British warship anchored in the Cape
Fear River. From there, he made a plan to put down the rebellion in
the South with an army of Highlanders. Patriots who wanted a break with
England wanted to stop that army. In February 1776, the two sides came
together in a brief, fierce clash at a small creek in modern Pender
County. It would be the first patriot victory against the British in
the South, and the battle’s outcome would shake governments on
both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the story of that clash.
Curriculum Applications: Elementary Social Studies and Language Arts