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  • Revolutionary North Carolina: Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments. (Page 3.7)

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Women's Monument at Moores Creek National Battlefield

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The Women’s Monument at Moores Creek National Battlefield commemorates the actions of Mary (Polly) Slocum, the wife of Lt. Ezekiel Slocum, who fought in the battle. According to legend, she rode 65 miles alone at night to tend to the Patriot wounded.

The monument was built in 1907, and Ezekiel and Mary Slocum were re-interred at its base.

The inscriptions on the monuments read:

(Front)

TO THE HONORED MEMORY
OF THE HEROIC WOMEN
OF THE LOWER CAPE FEAR
DURING THE
AMERICAN REVOLUTION
1775-1781.

(Left)

MOST HONORED OF THE NAMES
RECORDED BY THIS HISTORIC
ASSOCIATION, IS THAT OF
MARY SLOCUMB,
WIFE OF LIEUTENANT SLOCUMB,
RIDING ALONE AT NIGHT
65 MILES TO SUCCOR THE
WOUNDED ON THIS BATTLEFIELD
HER HEROISM AND SELF-SACRIFICE
PLACE HER HIGH ON THE PAGES OF
HISTORY AND SHOULD AWAKEN IN
SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS, TRUE
PATRIOTISM AND LOVE OF COUNTRY
VIRTUTES MAJORUM FILIAE CONSERVANT

(Right)

UNSWERVING IN DEVOTION,
SELF-SACRIFICING IN
LOYALTY TO THE CAUSE
OF THEIR COUNTRY, THEIR
WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM;
AND THEIR CHILDREN RISE
UP AND CALL THEM BLESSED.

(Rear)

THIS MONUMENT
WAS ERECTED BY THE
MOORE’S CREEK
MONUMENTAL ASSOCIATION
IN THE YEAR 1907.

(Left Headstone)

IN
memory of
Col. EZEKIEL SLOCUMB,
a Patriot of the Revolution,
who departed this life,
July 4th 1840,
aged 80 years & 46 days.

(Right Headstone)

IN
memory of
POLLY SLOCUMB,
wife of Ezekiel Slocumb
who departed this life,
March 6 1836,
aged 76 years & 24 days.