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READ MORE: Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge re-enacted
It barely lasted 15 minutes, but the 1776 Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was one of the most important in the Revolutionary War. This week marks the battle's two hundred thirty second anniversary and many in our area are commemorating it this weekend at the battleground in Pender County. "For the size it's one of the most significant battles of the early Revolutionary War," said David Wilson, author of "The Southern Strategy," which discusses the early battles of the Revolution in the Carolinas. "This battle led directly to Americans voting for independence." A makeshift army of American patriots defeated a larger British battalion at the bridge, which started the national push towards the American Revolution. On Saturday many in Pender County commemorated that victory with demonstrations and appreciation. "Look at this country today, you know. It all began right here," said Nathan Williamson, II as he walked through the battlegrounds. Three of Williamson's ancestors fought in the patriot army, which quickly defeated British forces, and suffered few casualties. Williamson says the landmark event is often overlooked. "The struggle that went on here is just very lightly spoken of," he said. "But look what had had the repercussions from it -- a whole a battle for a world wide nation was born." "They can see where people have fought for our liberty and our freedoms and that helps us remember today why we're fighting for our liberties and freedoms," David Wilson said. The commemoration of the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge will continue at the battlegrounds on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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