Earlier this summer I took family vacation along the southern coastline. Granted, six days of the 18 we were away involved Disneyworld for my 7-year-old son. The rest of the trip was largely devoted to hunting down coastal fortifications like Fort Fisher and Fort Pulaski. However, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of Revolutionary War sites I want to tell you about.
The first is Moore’s Creek Battlefield in the North Carolina tidewater not far from Wilmington, NC. I must admit I knew little about the action their of its relevance to history prior to my visit. For a small site, they do a remarkable job of telling their story through a short film, museum, and well-preserved battlefield.
The battlefield is managed by the National Park Service. The 1776 Patriot victory over a Loyalist force dashed any hope of the Royal governor of North Carolina maintaining control of the colony for the British crown. Not long after the battle North Carolina voted to declare independence on April 12, 1776.
While going through the museum, I remarkably found a Brandywine reference.
Later in the trip, we visited Savannah, GA and the other Revolutionary War site. While in Savannah I made a point of finding Casimir Pulaski’s grave, which ironically is not far from the famous square where the Forrest Gump bus bench scenes were filmed. As many of you know Pulaski was at Brandywine and commanded the light dragoon brigade at Germantown. Later in the war, he was killed during the siege of Savannah. While there isn’t much remaining of the siege lines as the city has built up over the battlefield, there are several markers and monuments denoting the original British fortification line.
On October 9, 1779, while leading his troops at Savannah and charging into battle on horseback, he fell mortally wounded by the blast of a cannon and died several days later. His remains are now within the Pulaski Monument located in Monterey Square in Savannah. Here some images I took of the monument when I was there. The first image is of a marker of the British lines a couple of blocks from the Pulaski monument.