• Moores Creek Bridge

    Moores Creek

    National Battlefield North Carolina

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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?

Park Entrance

NPS military sites have many designations including battlefields, military parks, monuments and historic sites. Moores Creek National Military Park was renamed Moores Creek National Battlefield in 1980 to avoid confusion with nearby military installations in North Carolina.