The Highland Scots: Choosing Sides - Free

by  Moores Creek National Battlefield

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Students will be able to gain a better understanding of the Highland Scots and the important role that they played in the Moores Creek Bridge Campaign. It will share about their immigration to the North Carolina colony and why many ultimately chose to fight for the Loyalists.

This program will also highlight why people in North Carolina chose to fight for the Loyalists or Patriots at the beginning of the American Revolution

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30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Programs are offered Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am until 3 pm.

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Moores Creek National Battlefield

Currie, NC
United States

In the early morning hours of February 27, 1776, Loyalist forces charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge. Beyond the bridge, nearly 1,000 North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This battle marked the last broadsword charge by Scottish Highlanders and the first significant victory for the Patriots in the American Revolution.

Jason Collins
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Program Details


1) The program will involve a member of the park staff dressed as a Scottish Highlander sharing the stories of the Highland Scots and why they ultimately sided with the Loyalists.- 10 min.

2) The second part of the program will be a short historic weapons demonstration - the park staff member will talk about the musket and the broadsword and offer a musket demonstration - 10 min.

3) The park staff member will play a song on the bagpipes and share briefly about the role that the instrument played in the battle. - 5 min.

4) Time is allowed for questions and answers.


-Students will explore why the Highland Scots immigrated to North Carolina in the 1770s.
-Why did so many of the Highland Scots side with the Loyalists
-What ultimately caused the citizens of North Carolina to side with either the Patriots or the Loyalists?

Standards Alignment

State Standards

8.B.1.2 Explain how cultural values, practices and the interactions of various
indigenous, religious, and racial groups have influenced the development of
North Carolina and the nation.
8.G.1.4 Explain the reasons for and effects of forced and voluntary migration
on various groups in North Carolina and the nation.