ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) - While many people are familiar with the battles that took place around North Carolina during the Civil War, a short but important skirmish took place in Bladen County years earlier, during the fight for our country's independence.
Elizabethtown is the 15th oldest town in North Carolina. Today, it is the heart of commerce and center of government in Bladen County. But an event here over 230 years ago helped win the war for our country's independence from England.
We are all familiar with many of the great battles of the Revolutionary War, at places like Lexington, Concord, Yorktown and Valley Forge, but many of the encounters were like the Battle of Elizabethtown.
In the early morning hours of August 27, 1781, almost 70 members of a local Whig militia attacked a 400 strong Tory fortification and ran them out of the town, down into a ravine near the Cape Fear River.