• Moores Creek National Battlefield, Currie North Carolina

    Moores Creek

    National Battlefield North Carolina

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  • Access to Moores Creek Bridge Closed for Trail Maintenance

    Due to recent storms, the trail leading up to and beyond Moores Creek Bridge has been washed out due to flooding, making passage unsafe. Access to the bridge will be closed for the next couple of weeks. Please call the park for further updates.

The Halifax Resolves and the Declaration of Independence

The Fourth Provincial Congress

After the Patriot victory at Moores Creek Bridge, the Fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress met in Halifax, NC. Members unanimously adopted the Halifax Resolves on April 12, 1776. The Resolves were simply entered into the Congressional minutes, and as such, are not "signed" documents. After adoption, the secretary of the Congress, James Green, sent copies of the Resolves to the North Carolina delegation assembled with the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia for execution.

The Halifax Resolves and the Declaration of Independence

The colonial assemblies desired self-governing status within the British Empire in early 1776. However, North Carolina was an exception. The Halifax Resolves ordered North Carolina's delegation to the second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, not only to form foreign alliances, but also to seek and vote for independence from Great Britain. This action made North Carolina the first of the colonial governments to call for total independence. As such, it became a factor leading to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted on July 4, 1776.

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Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

The victory at the battle of Moores Creek Bridge resulted in North Carolina being the first of the thirteen colonies to instruct its delegates to the 1776 Continental Congress to vote for independence.