• Moores Creek National Battlefield, Currie North Carolina

    Moores Creek

    National Battlefield North Carolina

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  • Change in Operation Hours & Seasons

    Moores Creek National Battlefield's operating hours have changed. Please see Operating Hours & Seasons for more information.

  • Inclement Weather Advisory and Park Closure

    Moores Creek Naitonal Battlefield will be closed effective 12:00 pm Thursday, July 3, 2014 in anticipation of incoming Tropical Storm/Hurricane Arthur. The park will reopen Saturday, July 5 pending minimal park damage to trails, facilities, and roadways.

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.

Did You Know?

Roosevelt

Moores Creek National Military Park, along with other battlefields, was administered by the War Department until 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt transferred them to the National Park Service within the Department of Interior.