Choosing sides: Loyalists and Patriots - Free

by  Moores Creek National Battlefield

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Why did some North Carolinians choose to be Loyalists? Patriots? This program will help students understand why these citizens made these choices. It will also explain the differences between the militia that fought at Moores Creek and the minutemen. Program includes a musket demonstration.

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30-45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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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 available Tuesday through Friday 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 should start with a viewing of the park's movie ahead of time
2) Park staff member will share about the reasons why a North Carolinian would decide to become a Loyalist or Patriot
3) They will then transition to talking about the differences between the minutemen and militia among the Patriot forces at Moores Creek.
4) Staff member will then conduct a historic weapons demonstration
5) Time is allowed for questions.


-Students will be able to know the differences between the Loyalists and Patriots
-Students will also be able to know the difference between militiamen and minutemen
-Students will have a better understanding as to why certain groups of North Carolinians joined with either the loyalists or patriots.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

I.1.5 Identify evidence that draws information from multiple perspectives.
I.1.8 Construct responses to supporting and opposing perspectives supported
by evidence.