This was the 237th anniversary of the battle, in which the South Carolina Militia engaged the British Regulars, colonial loyalists and Loyalist Scotchman, at Moore’s Bridge north of Wilmington, NC. On February 27, the Carolina Militia repelled the British thus setting the stage to drive the British from North Carolina completely. North Carolina’s proud heritage includes being the first colonists to declare independence from Great Britain on May 20, 1775.
Many believe that North Carolina became the first to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg (county) Declaration of 1775, which dissolved the colony’s ties to the Great British a full year before the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The state of Rhode Island declared independence a year later, on May 4, 1776. When I Googled the question; “Who was the first?” I find almost all states try to claim to be the first. However, being a Tar Heel now, we know the real truth.