[Daily article] May 2: James Moore (Continental Army officer)

James Moore (c. 1737 – 1777) was a Continental Army general during the
American Revolutionary War. Born into a prominent political family in
the lower Cape Fear River area of North Carolina, he was one of only
five Continental Army generals from the state. He served in the colonial
militia during the French and Indian War, and commanded the colonial
governor’s artillery at the Battle of Alamance, which ended the War of
the Regulation. In the independence movement, Moore played a prominent
role in the local Sons of Liberty organizations, and assisted in
organizing the colony-wide Provincial Congress. In 1775, he was elected
the first commander of a Continental Line regiment in North Carolina,
which had been raised pursuant to instructions of the Continental
Congress. After distinguishing himself in the campaign that led to the
Patriot victory at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in February 1776,
Moore was promoted to brigadier general in the Continental Army. He held
de facto command of the Southern Department before his death due to
illness.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1559:

Scottish clergyman John Knox returned from exile to lead the
Scottish Reformation.

1863:

American Civil War: Confederate general Stonewall Jackson was
wounded by friendly fire during the Battle of Chancellorsville, leading
to his death by pneumonia eight days later.

1945:

World War II: General Helmuth Weidling, commander of the German
troops in Berlin, surrendered the city to Soviet forces led by Marshal
Georgy Zhukov, ending the Battle of Berlin (Brandenburg Gate pictured).

1999:

Mireya Moscoso became the first woman to be elected President
of Panama.

2014:

Ukrainian crisis: Forty-eight people were killed during a
confrontation between pro-Russian protesters and pro-Ukrainian unity
protesters in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

punch above one’s weight:
(idiomatic) To achieve or perform at a higher level than would be
expected based on one’s preparation, attributes, rank, or past
accomplishments.

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Every stage of education begins with childhood. That is why the
most educated person on earth so much resembles a child.  
–Novalis

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