HALIFAX RESOLVES. 12 April 1776. Soon after the patriot victory at Moores Creek Bridge on 27 February 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina met at Halifax and adopted the set of "resolves" that gave them the distinction of being the first colony to come out officially for independence.
Butler, Lindley S. North Carolina and the Coming of the Revolution, 1763–1776. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1976.