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February 16, 2023 39 mins

The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge is a storied moment in American history, but many people learn about the lesser-known battle through the heroic feat of a woman who didn’t fight in it. Polly Slocumb is said to have rode her horse into the night of February 26, 1776 to save her husband from dying in the battle after dreaming of his demise.

Her legend is iconic, but it’s also littered with details that don’t line up with fact. Who was Polly Slocumb and can we chase down her legend 200 years later? Joining the episode is Chris E. Fonvielle Jr, a local historian and author of books such as “More Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear,” which features a chapter on Polly’s story.

Be sure to come grab your copy of Louis T. Moore's "Stories Old and New of the Cape Fear Region," on which this season is based, in the Burgwin-Wright House gift shop today!

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