New Bern Chapter Attends Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge 242nd Commemoration

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Five members of the NC SAR New Bern Chapter attended and participated in the 242nd Commemoration of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge fought between 1050 North Carolina Patriot militia (including 600 from New Bern) and 800 Loyalist militia forces (600 Highlander Scots and 200 Regulators) on February 27, 1776. Moore’s Creek is the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution and the site of the last Scottish Highland broadsword charge. The victory ended British authority in the colony and stalled a full-scale British invasion of the South for nearly four years. New Bern Chapter president Rolf Maris kept the procession of SAR and DAR color guard and wreath layers in lock step with his constant beat of his drum. All in all, it was a beautiful day at this National Park attended by over 200 people from across North Carolina.

From left to right: Jay DeLoach (New Bern Chapter VP), Rolf Maris (New Bern Chapter President), Bob Ainsley, Bob Shuck, and Bill Reid.
From left to right: Rolf Maris (New Bern Chapter President), Becky Preece-Maris (New Bern Chapter DAR), and Gene Funderburk (President of the NC SAR Lower Cape Fear Chapter).