February 27

Event
1776
The Battle of Moore’s Bridge Creek in North Carolina. As part of the British war strategy, General William Howe instructed General Henry Clinton to open a front in the American South. The prime target was Charleston, South Carolina. It was hoped that a show of force would rally the area’s considerable loyalist population to the cause. Clinton’s army was to arrive by sea from Boston and join a force being sent from Great Britain, in the waters off Cape Fear, North Carolina. Before the plan could unfold, an important confrontation occurred outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. Royal Governor Josiah Martin had raised an army of 1,600 Crown supporters, including Scottish Highlanders and former Regulators. This army, commanded by Donald MacDonald sought out a smaller rebel force thought to be camped along Moore’s Creek. When the Loyalist soldiers arrived, they found that their quarry had withdrawn across a bridge after taking up its planks and greasing its supports. Armed primarily with pikes and broadswords, the Loyalists unwisely decided to advance across the compromised structure. The Patriots under Richard Caswell and Alexander Lillington opened fire quickly leveling the struggling soldiers. The “battle” ended quickly.
When Clinton arrived in the area in mid-March there was no Loyalist army waiting to join him.

1778 Connecticut ratifies the Articles of Confederation.

1782 The British House of Commons votes against further war in America.

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